Salvatore Calabrese - The Maestro

Salvatore Calabrese("The Maestro") is one of the world’s leading bartenders whose performance arena was Salvatore at FIFTY in London’s St James's. He can now be found at 'Salvatore's' at 14 Old Park Lane in London's prestigious Mayfair and across the Atlantic at Mixology101 nr. Beverley Hills, LA.

The Maestro developed his talent for combining flavours at an early age while working in a bar in Maiori, a small village on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Salvatore then came to London and took a position at Duke's Hotel in St James's. While there he developed a niche market for special cognacs. This was the start of a concept he calls Liquid History. Salvatore then moved to the illustrious Lanesborough Hotel in Knightsbridge, where he further developed his unique style.

From the start, it was a passion for the great classic cocktails that led him to his career. The Maestro also experimented with new liqueurs, both new and old spirits and fresh juices, culminating in exotic cocktails that have themselves become classics. For a fee, he will create a bespoke cocktail for you or a friend as the ultimate gift.



'The Helen David Lifetime Acheivement Award' received at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.


'Best Bar 2012' at The London Lifestyle Awards 2012. 'World's Best Drink Selection', at the 2012 Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. In June Salvatore was awarded the Italian equivalent of the OBE the 'Salernitani Illusrti nel Mondo'. Drinks International, 'The Worlds 50 Best Bars 2012', number 46.


'Class Awards 2011' - Outstanding Acheivement to the Industry.


'Number On'e (Theme Top 100 ). 'International Cognac Personality of the Year' (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC). 'Spirits personality of the year' (Drinking Out Excellence Awards).


'Master of the Craft' ( Australian Bartender Magazine).


'Keeper of the Quaich'.


'Class Awards 2006' - Bar of the Year & Best Cocktail Offering. Theme magazine presented him with the 'Outstanding Achievement Award 2006'. Italian Bartenders Association (AIBES) surprised him with an 'Outstanding Achievement Award' for his contribution to the bar industry.


'Class Awards 2005' - Best New Bar.


'Chevalier du Cognac'.


'Chevalier du Champagne'.

Liquore di Limone

Calabrese Liquore di LimoneSalvatore has created this exceptional liqueur by combining the fragrant lemons from the sunny mountain sides of his home on the beautiful Amalfi Coast with the very best 'eau di vie' - the noble cognac. Thus creating a superior product which can be enjoyed at room temperature, chilled over ice, straight from the freezer or at the centre of a cocktail.

Salvatore has created new cocktails for his Liquore di Limone »

Liquore di Limone 30% ABV is available in 50cl bottles.

Available in top cocktail bars and restaurants and leading wholesalers including Amathus, Coe Vintners, Furniss Roe & Nichols, Speciality Spirits and Venus in Scotland Ed Baird Emporia.

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For general trade enquiries: contact the international distributors: Emporia brands Ltd, The Church, 172 London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1XR. |

Salvatore's Bar Products »

Classic Cocktail BookThis collection of bar ware is the result of Salvatore's collaboration with one of the world's leading Bar and Glassware suppliers Urban Bar, who have been supplying the world's leading bars and drinks companies for over 10 years with premium and stylish bar ware and glasses.

Also included is the 'Calabrese Sink', the answer to everyone's nightmare of handling waste behind the scenes in bars and kitchens.

Books »

Classic Cocktail BookSalvatore's first book, Classic Cocktails, in print since 1997, has sold over 900,000 copies, and The Complete Home Bartenders’ Guide (2002) has sold over 700,000 copies. His other titles include After-Dinner Drinks, Summer Cocktails, Cognac: A Liquid History, Cocktails for Wimps, Sexy Cocktails, Virgin Cocktails, and Hangover Cures. His latest is Cocktails by Flavour.

Other Work

Salvatore Calabrese recently stepped down from his role as President of the United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild. Today, Salvatore is active on the global stage as a consultant for select brands, as well as appearing at competitions as a judge.

The Maestro runs Master Classes for people who want to know more about spirits, and is a popular guest at wine and spirits events. Salvatore has worked to establish himself as a leading personality in the beverage world, and promotes his ideals through various newspaper articles and television and radio appearances and through his books.

* If you are interested in Salvatore holding a Masterclass for your company, please contact Limelight Management.

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A Calabrese Cocktail

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Cognac »

Salvatore Calabrese has a passion for Cognac. In particular, the vintage Cognacs in dust-covered bottles. What is so tantalizing about liquid history in a glass?