Salvatore gains distribution for new liqueur

Salvatore Calabrese and his Liquore di Limone Legendary bartender Salvatore Calabrese has secured UK distribution for his lemon liqueur which he launched at his London bar.

Salvatore’s Liquore di Limone is now being distributed by leading specialist drinks company Emporia Brands after it was unveiled at Salvatore at Playboy in Mayfair last month.

It has gained listings at other top cocktail bars and restaurants and is available through wholesalers including Amathus, Coe Vintners, Furniss Roe & Nichols, Speciality Spirits and Venus, and in Scotland through Ed Baird Emporia. It has ABV of 30 per cent and is available in 50cl bottles.

The zesty liqueur is made from mid-season lemons picked from groves close to Salvatore’s family home in Amalfi and macerated for five weeks in a fine cognac. It can be served at room temperature, on the rocks or chilled straight from the fridge.

Salvatore said: “Growing up in Italy where the Amalfi lemons grow, I always thought there was the possibility of producing an outstanding lemon liqueur as there is for oranges. This became my labour of love – to show the world what a true Amalfi lemon liqueur in perfect harmony should taste like. I think with Liquore di Limone I have finally succeeded.”

Salvatore, known as “The Maestro”, has built up a worldwide reputation after running the bar at Duke’s Hotel in St James’s, the Library Bar at the Lanesborough and Salvatore at Fifty before launching his bar at London’s new Playboy Club last year.

Salvatore’s Liquore di Limone differs from standard limoncello which is often made from lemons at the end of the season and neutral spirit rather than cognac. Sometimes, producers add lemon essence, colourings and additives.

Salvatore believes that picking the Amalfi lemons mid-season, in the first week of June, gives them a better flavour and aroma as end-of-season lemons have much less zest and less aroma.

He has developed a number of recipes using his liqueur, available by clicking here.

Red Earl MartiniRed Earl Martini by Salvatore Calabrese

50ml Vodka
25ml Salvatore’s Liquore di Limone
20ml raspberry puree
2 thin slices of fresh ginger root

Place the ginger in the bottom of the shaker and muddle to extract the flavour. Add all the remaining ingredients and ice, shake, double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with two fresh raspberries on a cocktail stick with a mint leaf sitting on the edge of the glass.

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