FTLOC Spotlight: Salvatore Calabrese
August 30th, 2016

This year our For The Love Of Cocktails Meet The Masters of Mixology has a new face joining the distinguished team, Master Mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. We chatted recently with Salvatore in an exclusive Q & A session to learn about his cocktail creation methods, his participation in this year’s For The Love Of Cocktails and what inspired him to pursue mixology.


Q1:  Where do you get the inspiration for your cocktails?

A1:  Many sources, it can be the time of the year, an event or occasion, a place, a personality or an interesting ingredient that I might try and be inspired by.

Q2:  What does being a Master Mixologist at this event (For The Love Of Cocktails) mean to you?

A2:  I am honored to be asked, as this is the first time that I will participate.  It is always a pleasure to meet the public and enthusiasts of mixology, and of course to showcase my bar and my style.


Q3:  What is you favorite thing about Las Vegas?

A3:  The great culture there surrounding the food and drink.


Q4:  What is your favorite drink to make?

A4:  A Negroni, which is my preferred cocktail to drink.


Q5:  Being as well-traveled as you are, what is your favorite place that you have worked and why?

A5:  London, because it is where I built my reputation.


Q6:  What are you looking forward to most about this year’s event?

A6:  Meeting new people.


Q7:  Describe For The Love Of Cocktails in 3 words.

A7:  Ask me next year!


Q8:  What is your favorite bartending memory?

A8:  Serving Stevie Wonder and inviting him to play the piano in my bar.


Q9:  What made/inspired you to get into the Mixology field?

A9:  Working in London in the 1980’s I gained the reputation for making the best Martini at the Dukes Hotel, and looking for new ways to expand my reputation I began to experiment with different ingredients and flavors.


Q10:  Can you describe your typical work day?

A10:  Every day is different. I am lucky enough to travel the world, but when I am in London, you will find me hosting at my bar, working with my team to give the clients a wonderful experience and developing new ideas. For example, we have just created a new menu called Salvatore Around the World inspired by my travels.


Q11:  Can you give us your signature cocktail recipe?

A11:  My signature drink is the Breakfast Martini, a modern classic popular throughout the world.  It has texture and a bittersweet flavor from the marmalade.

50 ml Gin

15 ml Cointreau

15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Full Bar Spoon of Thin Cut Orange Marmalade

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker, stir to dissolve the marmalade, add ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Shred some orange peel on the top of the drink as a garnish.