De Kuyper launches Acqua Bianca liqueur in UK

Dutch drinks firm De Kuyper and bartender Salvatore Calabrese have released “aromatic” liqueur brand Acqua Bianca in the UK through distributor Cellar Trends. Acqua Bianca, which was unveiled by De Kuyper and Calabrese in October, is created using ingredients such as lemon, bergamot, peppermint and rose, as well as essence of ambergris, which is traditionally used in perfumery. The 24% ABV liqueur will launch in the UK this month. Calabrese said: “My idea was to…

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Calabrese creates aromatic liqueur with De Kuyper

Dutch drinks firm De Kuyper has teamed up with bartenders Salvatore Calabrese and Joerg Meyer to launch two new “modern” liqueurs designed to “innovate and premiumise the category”. The two liqueurs, called Acqua Bianca and Dutch Cacao, were unveiled at the Bar Convent Berlin show this week (7-9 October). Described as “one of the most aromatic liqueurs available on the market”, Acqua Bianca was developed by Calabrese of The Donovan Bar at luxury London hotel…

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Salvatore Calabrese on his journey from apprentice to maestro

One of the world’s greatest bartenders has a new position in London. SB meets Salvatore Calabrese and hears stories about the royals and the stars who have flocked to drink his influential creations. *This feature was originally published in the August 2018 issue of The Spirits Business In the summer of 1966, an 11­-year-­old Salvatore Calabrese started working behind the bar at the Reginna Palace Hotel in Maiori, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. In the 52…

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Donovan Bar showcases Vintage Cocktail menu

Famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese joined the team at Donovan Bar earlier this year. Since then he has been serving up his “liquid history” at the bar in London’s Brown’s Hotel. The Vintage Cocktail selection on the menu at Donovan Bar has been created by Calabrese using his own personal collection of rare and historic spirits, which includes Bacardi rum from 1905 and McBrayer Kentucky Bourbon from 1913. The menu features drinks such as a White…

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