The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48



Episode 10: how to up your cocktail garnish game with Lorenzo Antinori

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


Question: How do we round up our very first (mini) season? Answer: With some incredibly tasty treats to keep your palates primed for what’s coming next, that’s how!

The Cocktail Lovers podcast, Episode 10 – listen here!

We’ve got gin – not just any old gin but the gorgeous, bursting with herbaceous goodness Savoury Gin from those clever chaps at Portobello Road Distillery, and we sample the creamy but light and quite frankly, luscious Disaronno Velvet Liqueur.

For the last bar review of our first season, we had to go pretty spesh, so we headed back to Claridge’s (any excuse) and settled in for a sumptuous cocktail hour at Davies & Brook. Did you know that award-winning Chef Daniel Humm’s Michelin-starred London restaurant had a dedicated bar? Well, it does and we recommend getting yourself down there pronto!

And our chosen book for this episode is one very dear to our hearts: it’s The Negroni: A gaz regan Notion by the late, very great gaz regan (lower case ‘g’ and ‘r’ intended). Filled with all kinds of nuggets and noodlings about his favourite drink, it includes variations on this most classic of cocktails from some of the best bartenders in the world. Speaking of which, we check in to the recently opened Argo at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong to talk to Lorenzo Antinori about the dos and don’ts of cocktail garnishes.

What we’re mixing:

Breakfast Martini

Created by the legendary Salvatore Calabrese aka the Maestro, this drink truly makes for a breakfast (or brunch) of champions. Make it at home and ask for it at Donovan’s Bar at Browns Hotel.

50ml Gin
15ml Cointreau
15ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 bar spoon fine cut or no peel marmalade

Pour all ingredients into a shaker and stir to dissolve the marmalade. Add ice, shake and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with shredded orange peel.

Catch up with previous episodes of The Cocktail Lovers Podcasts:

Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9

The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis ‘T-Bone’ Watson

Season two of The Cocktail Lovers podcast is coming late September. Be warned: it’s going to be super cool. Expect more fab insights from movers and shakers from around the globe, more bar reviews (hopefully, Covid will ease up so we can bring you our pick of locations from our travels), more fabulous products and, oh yes indeedy, plenty more episodes. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

How to…up your cocktail garnish game

Lorenzo Antinori

From the library…

The Negroni, a gaz regan notion

What we’re tasting…

Disaronno Velvet Liqueur

Portobello Road Savoury Gin

Where we’ve been…

Davies and Brook at Claridge’s

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The Cocktail Lovers

The Cocktail Lovers are Mr G and Ms S, a man and a woman who share a passion for cocktails. (We also happen to be married, so we’re cocktail lovers in more ways than one…)


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