We bring you three cocktails that can be mastered at home, created exclusively by ‘the Maestro’, Salvatore Calabrese, and his team, Maurizio Palermo, and Federico Pavan, from The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel.

From the best Martini in town, to one of Salvatore’s award winning modern classics; to creating the perfect Negroni, we hope you enjoy creating one or more of these evening aperitifs.

‘The dream for any bartender is to immortalize themselves with a drink. More than any of my other creations, the Breakfast Martini is the cocktail that has become known throughout the world, making it a modern classic’ Dry with a hint of citrus and a lingering bittersweet flavour from marmalade. This masterpiece uses a method that Salvatore developed in 1996 from being encouraged to eat breakfast one morning by his wife (when, for most Italians, an expresso is all that is required for breakfast). A piece of toast and marmalade was served to Salvatore – for which the inspiration developed.

50 ml London Dry Gin or Vodka (depending on personal preference)
15 ml Cointreau
15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
1 full bar spoon of thin cut Orange Marmalade

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice * Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass * Shred some orange peel on the top of the drink as garnish. * Serve

An intriguing journey of flavours on the palate, sweet and sour with a warm spicy finish that is unforgettable. This special drink is one of The Donovan Bar’s best-sellers, and one of Salvatore’s most famous inventions – a modern classic in its own right.

50 ml StolichnayaVanilla Vodka
15 ml Elderflower Cordial
15 ml Fresh Lime Juice
10 ml Honey Syrup
2 thin slices Red Chili Pepper

Place all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice * Shake sharply, double strain into a chilled cocktail glass * Garnish with a red eye chili sitting on the edge of the glass.

Salvatore Calabrese made his first Negroni when he was just 12 years old, so you could say this classic Italian drink and Salvatore go back some time. The Negroni is now regarded as one of the most
popular drinks in the world; its origins lie with Count Camillo Negroni of Florence from the early 1920s. Salvatore says the perfect Negroni is about creating a fine balance of gin and sweet vermouth. ‘I always use Martini Rosso – and Campari. Those two ingredients combined are the most wonderful marriage’.

30 ml Martini Rosso
30 ml Campari
30 ml Beafeater Gin
1 Orange Peel

Combine the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and stir * Garnish with a slice of orange placed in the drink * Add a stirrer and serve immediately.

In Salvatore’s words, “To an old fashioned glass, add first one shot of sweet vermouth, then one shot of Campari, and finally one shot of gin. The secret to the perfect Negroni is all about the stir, do not simply mix the ingredients together, but using the mixer stir and lift the ingredients at the same time. My personal touch to the Negroni is when I add the curl of orange peel I always give it a little squeeze before adding it to the drink in order to release some of the citrus juice which gives added freshness and lifts the drink.”