Watch This Man Pour the World's Most Expensive and Oldest Cocktail

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Salvatore Calabrese's world record "Salvatore's Legacy."

Salvatore Calabrese mixed up world's most expensive cocktail at the Playboy Bar in London, which he owns. The single drink, dubbed "Salvatore's Legacy," cost more than $8,000 and was mixed exclusively with alcohol 100 years old or older.

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Most time when people serve "The Most Expensive Drink Ever" they tend to cheat by including a gold emblazoned glass or a jeweled stirrer. That's cheesy to say the least, it clearly shouldn't count unless you consume the diamonds with your meal.

Calabrese's record breaking attempt was delayed by several months after a customer accidentally smashed a nearly $80,000 bottle of one of the spirits. Thankfully, a replacement was procured and he was able to go ahead with his plans.

The "Salvatore's Legacy" contains the following:

We can only imagine that it tasted like, as Salvatore himself says, liquid history. To put some of that history in perspective, let's take a look at what was happening when these various alcohols were bottled.

  • 1788: The American colonies begin ratifying the Constitution.
  • 1770: British troops fire on colonists in the now infamous Boston Massacre. Marie Antoinette marries the man who would become King Louise XVI.
  • 1860: The Pony Express starts regular deliveries. Charles Dickens releases the first installment of Great Expectations.

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Yaaaaawwwwnnnnn.  So in the same week that a sky diver dives from 24 miles above the earth, this bar owner wants us to get excited about the fact that he mixed together 4 alcohols that were:

-created by other people;

-made by other people; and

-preserved by other people.


All this guy did was open the bottles, pour and sip and he wants some sort of alcolade or noteriety.  Lame.

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 @LegitQuestions I admit that I spent at least an hour trying to find a food connection with Felix's jump. Alas I could not and for this I sincerely apologize. 


However, I'm not sure where "by other people" makes this fundamentally uninteresting. Felix made his jump in a balloon fashioned by other people, wearing a specially designed suited made by other people. As cool as a near-space jump was, and it was very cool, let's not forget he basically just fell with style. I think old books are intensely interesting just for the reasons you outlined above. Working with something wrought by the hand of man 200 years ago is literally touching history. But then, I'm the kinda dweeb who likes going to museums so there's that too.  



 There is no connection between food and the jump.  I contrasted and compared the achievement of Baumgartner and Calabrese.  Calabrese poured four different types of alcohol into a glass and drank it, and for that he is, apparently, entitled to acclaim.  I simply see little actual achievement or accomplishment in that.  If all you took from my comment was that other people playing a role in the "achievement" is what made it uninteresting then I failed to make my point in my abbreviated comments - my point was how little input he had in the result that earned him your acclaim and how little value he added to the process.


While I am not a skydiver and have never skydived, Baumgartner did a little more than fall with style.  I hope that your comment was saracastic and not sesious.  As I understand from media coverage, he was involved in every aspect of designing and preparing his skydive including being involved in the design of the balloon and capsule.  Further, it took significant preparation and technical skill to complete his achievement.  Please explain to me the preparation and technical skill exhibited by Calbrese in completing his "achievement" because I'm having a tough time finding it.


I love old books too.  I have a collection of pre-1900 books on the shelf in my office that I have collected over the years.  When I open one and read a passage, however, I don't expect the New Times to write an article about my "achievement."  Similarly, the last time you went to a museum and appreciated an expensive 200 year old paitnting, did one of your colleagues write an article headlined, "Ando Muneno appreaciates 200 year old, $## million painting"? Cabrese's "achievement" is no different than you viewing that painting in the museum, lovely for you but not a major achievement worthy of a news story.


And Calbrese didn't so much touch history, he consumed it and in consuming it destroyed it and prevented anyone else from experiencing it or appreciating it as well. 



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