$40K ‘Bambino’ cocktail comes with a check signed by Babe Ruth

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Babe “The Great Bambino” Ruth was no stranger to excess.

He frequented brothels, crashed Cadillacs, smoked cigars prolifically and once ate a dozen hot dogs between double-header games. But the scotch-loving Ruth probably did not drink as well as whoever opts to blow $40,000 on a one-of-a-kind swig (and then some) up for grabs at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

Celebrating the opening of its swanky, new Level One ultra-lounge (situated right next to the sports book, which launched last weekend), the gambling spot is offering the “Bambino.” A cocktail going beyond what is in the glass, it begins with a long pour of 1940 Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.

Considering that an entire bottle of the stuff can go for as much as $40,000, Level One sweetens the deal with a couple of non-liquids.

Michael Perisco

The primary attraction is a $100 check signed by the Babe and made out to his second wife, Claire Merritt. It is drawn on the Big Apple’s Chemical Bank & Trust company (now known as JPMorgan Chase) and was deemed to be in mint condition by PSA, a leading certification company. This past weekend, Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, saw the check at Level One and confirmed it to be a home run.

Thrown in for good measure is a vintage Victrola, precisely the kind of record player on which Babe, Claire and Linda might have listened to “Oh! You Babe Ruth,” a 1920 ditty written about the great slugger.

Clearly, this Bambino is best consumed after the Yankees win and land you a bundle at the betting window.

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