November 30, 2015

Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

the only cocktail book you probably need

By In Cocktails, Drink Books
Right then DB, it is time to take your Aviation* and move on over. Same to you JB, you can take your dirty martini and, well, stick it. For I have found the best cocktail ever. It’s on page 242 of the new edition of Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese, that I have in front of me. It uses, and this has raised a few eyebrows, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar along with strawberry puree, vodka and orange juice. It is simply superb.

Salvatore Calabrese, apparently a huge name in bar and cocktail circles, is known as the Maestro. As is this cocktail.

Maestro Cocktail from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

40ml vodka
20cl strawberry liqueur
15ml fresh orange juice
half a bar spoon (2.5ml) Maple Syrup
half a bar spoon (2.5ml) Balsamic Vinegar
10ml Fresh Strawberry Puree

Combine all the ingredients in a ice-filled shaker and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with half a strawberry placed on the rim of the glass and then splash the strawberry with balsamic vinegar.

Maestro Cocktail from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

Maestro Cocktail from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

Drinks lovers will salute this expanded version of his classic guide which The New York Times called “a must-have”, which now contains even more: new chapters and lots of new images; up-to-the-minute information on the most exciting cocktail trends, tastes and techniques; and newly uncovered historical titbits (like the true origin of the Bloody Mary). From seasonal ideas like the Blue Blazer or the Hot Buttered Toddy to delicious alternatives like the Espresso Martini or the Chocolate Cocktail this book has it all.

I am also rather partial to an Espresso Martini. Madam Moka is Calabrese’s enhanced version, one he created at the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas. While it is made in the traditional Italian coffee pot it uses flat champagne (I’ve used vintage cava, English Sparkling and some left over Sancerre to great effect) in place of water in the pot and adds a couple of pieces of cinnamon, a little grated nutmeg and a crushed cardamom pod to the coffee before brewing. Allow the flavoured coffee to cool before using in this super cocktail.

Madam Moka from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

40cl prepared coffee
30cl VSOP Cognac
20cl Amaretto di Saronno
10cl Simple Syrup

Pour all the ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with three coffee beans.

Madam Moka Cocktail from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

Madam Moka Cocktail from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

My liqueur collection is growing ever larger trying out so many tempting cocktails in this book. It is beautifully illustrated – vintage bottles of spirits and liqueurs, stand next to old cocktail shakers and an enviable array of fantastic glassware. For someone whose glass collection is becoming an obsession all of these props are highly covetable.

Fifty new recipes include long-forgotten favourites like the turn-of-the-century New Orleans classic Absinthe Suissesse, a barrel-aged Blood and Sand, and the Prohibition-era The Angel’s Tit. This elegant volume also includes DIYs for essential cocktail ingredients like Velvet Falernum (essential for tikis), recipes for flavoured syrups and homemade shrubs, and advice on throwing the very best at-home cocktail parties ever!

Maestro Cocktail from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

Maestro Cocktail from Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese

This new edition of Classic Cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese is available now with an RRP of £14.99. If you only need one cocktail book this is probably it.

* The Aviation, a true classic cocktail, is detailed in the book.

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  1. Meeta December 9, 2015

    Oh I think I can do with a Madam Moka now. Just love your cocktail images!

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