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 freshly-squeezed lemon juice
5ml sugar syrup (optional)
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.
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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