Italian spirits expert and Bar Termini partner on pop-up


guiseppe gallo

Giuseppe Gallo (pictured), one of the world’s leading experts on Italian spirits, is teaming up with London’s Bar Termini to create a pop-up for London Cocktail Week.

Elements of the small Soho cocktail and coffee destination will be re-created in the London Cocktail Week Village in Old Spitalfields Market as Café Italia from October 8 to 10.

It is a partnership between Giuseppe, who was global brand ambassador for Martini for over six years until last month, and the Bar Termini team, including co-founders Tony Conigliaro and Marco Arrigo.

Giuseppe established his reputation in the bar trade at Morgans Hotel Group, including Sanderson hotel in London, before becoming a brand ambassador and global trade advocacy manager for Bacardi Global Brands.

At the pop-up, they will showcase Italian spirits and liqueurs and Italian coffee, celebrating the Italian traditions of aperitivo and digestivo with small bites and cocktails including Negronis.

Brands to be featured include Amaro Lucano, Luxardo, Martini, Campari, Nardini, Pallini, Strega, and Molinari sambuca.

With space for 20 people, it will host 45-minute master classes at 2pm on each of the three days. Entry is free but, as space is limited, it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday 8 October
Coffee cocktails: the Italian favourites
Discover Italy’s favourite drinking occasions, hosted by Giuseppe and Marco. In this master class you will learn everything from the coffee bean to cup, through the classic serves such as café corretto and Espresso Martini.

Friday 9 October
Stories and tales of the Italian aperitivo
The Italian aperitivo is more than a drink, it is a moment. Giuseppe will be joined by Roberta Mariani from Bar Termini for this master class. From the Romans all the way through to modern culture, discover a journey into Italian drinking culture with a unique tasting of rare spirits from Italy.

Saturday 10 October
Amaro per amore: the bitter love
Learn about the next big thing, amaro, from Giuseppe and Zoe Burgess, head of research and development at Drink Factory, the laboratory and consultancy founded by Tony Conigliaro. This is an opportunity to learn about the science behind the complex taste of bitter, how it is perceived in our brain and what botanicals are essentials in crafting Italian bitter liqueurs.

For details of London Cocktail Week, which runs from October 5 to 11, visit www.londoncocktailweek.com.

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