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Drinking World Records!

By Duncan Welch (16 Jul 03)

Thanks to Craig Glenday at Guinness World Records (Guinness World Records) for sending through some cool world records for the drinking industry. Any volunteers out there keen to help us drink the world’s largest cocktail?

Most Expensive Cocktail Commercially Available

The world's most expensive cocktail commercially available is The Ritz Side Car, costing 400 Euros (£277.25) and features on the menu at Bar Hemingway, the Hotel Ritz, Paris, France.

The Sidecar, invented by Ritz Paris's head barman Frank Meier in 1923 – when it sold for just $5! – contains Ritz Fine Champagne 1865 (pre-phylloxéra) Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice. This Cognac is guaranteed and has been inside the hotel for over a hundred years, although german soldiers nearly seized it during their occupation of Paris. A bottle of Vintage 1830 Ritz Paris aged and guaranteed Champagne Cognac can be bought for 14,815 Euros (£10,268.70).

Largest Cocktail

The world's largest cocktail was a Margarita measuring 26,645 litres (5,861 gal). It was made on 17 May 2001 by staff at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Mott's Inc., Universal City Walk, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Most Cocktails Commercially Available

The record for the most cocktails commercially available is held by Pencho Penchev (Bulgaria), owner of Pench's Cocktail Bar, Varna Bulgaria. A total of 974 cocktails were available as of 4 November 2002. The actual amount of cocktails on the list is 1,009 but this includes 35 non-alcoholic drink that have not been taken into consideration.

Most Cocktails Made in One Hour

The most cocktails made in one hour is 38 by Christophe Coppee (France) of the Orbit Bar, Bexleyheath, Kent, UK. The event took place in Covent Garden, London, UK on 27 February 2002.

Most Pubs Visited

Bruce Masters of Flitwick, Bedfordshire, UK has visited 31,751 pubs and a further 1,974 other drinking establishments since 1960, partaking of the local brew in each case where available, giving a total of 33,725 at the end of the year 2000. His busiest year was 1974, when he entered 3,016 pubs. From his own statistics, the most popular name for a pub is "Red Lion" of which he has visited 480.

Fastest Wine Bottle Opener

Alain Dorotte (France) opened 13 wine bottles with a 'T-handled' cork screw (non-leverage) in one minute on the set of L'Émission des Records, Paris, France on 18 April 2001.

Most Expensive Glass of Wine

The record price for a glass of wine is FF8,600 (£982 $1,382.80), for the first glass of Beaujolais Nouveau 1993 released in Beaune (from Maison Jaffelin), in the wine region of Burgundy, France. It was bought by Robert Denby (UK) at Pickwick's, a British pub in Beaune, on 18 Nov 1993.

Most Expensive Wine Commercially Available

The most expensive commercially available wine is the Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (1787), priced between U$56,000 and U$64,000 (£16,843 or £40,282) depending on the retailer.

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