Drinking by numbers

To tie-in with the latest issue of our magazine, this episode sees us going unapologetically geeky on numbers. We start with our two products: Dewar's Double Double 21-Year-Old anda series of three gorgeous artisanal products from The London Vermouth Company.

The five-star Atrium Bar at the Four Seasons hotel in Florence gets our thumbs up – not just because it fits the theme but because it's blooming gorgeous and definitely one you should have on your list if you're Florence-bound. We then explore Bloody Marys aplenty – 100 or so in fact – in Brian Bartel's The Bloody Mary, the lore and legend of a cocktail classic with recipes for brunch and beyond, which does exactly what it says on the tin.

Our interview is with Giuseppe Gallo, founder of Ital Spirits, creator of Italicus and Savoia and the brains behind the Roma Bar Show. We talk to him about the show's success as it enters its third year, why Roma is the place to be if you're serious about cocktails, what it means to the Italian bar community and the addition of the Roma Bar Show Awards.

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What we're mixing:

Corpse Reviver No. 2

30ml London Dry Gin

30ml Lillet Blanc

30ml Cointreau

30ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice

5ml sugar syrup (optional)

5ml absinthe

Orange peel to garnish


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a chilled Martini or Coupe glass, garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Atrium Bar, Four Seasons Firenze

Dewar's Double Double 21-Year-Old

Ital Spirits

The Bloody Mary – the lore and legend of a cocktail classic with recipes for brunch and beyond by Brian Bartel's

The London Vermouth Company

Roma Bar Show (29-30 May)

To nominate yourself or your favourite bar in any of the categories below, visit Roma Bar Show/awards

Italy's Best Bartender

Italy's Best Cocktail Bar

Best New Cocktail Bar

Best Hotel Bar in Italy

Best Food Programme

Best Social Media Presence

The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox

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