Salvatore Calabrese, one of the world’s most high profile cocktail experts, has a new London home and he is keeping it in the family by partnering with his two sons, Gerry and Jon Calabrese, at The Mule Bar, the new Spitalfields venue opened underneath The Holy Birds. Salavatore Calabrese, known as ‘The Maestro’, has painstakingly created a classic menu of over 50 cocktails that spans his own 50-year journey within the drinks industry.
Salvatore will take up residence in The Mule Bar, whose décor pays homage to the swinging sixties, a truly iconic decade which saw the real birth of the cocktail party. Salvatore’s menu will transport guests back to this golden era, with many drinks appearing that may have fallen out of faddish fashion but still stand the test of time today. There is The Blue Hawaiian, Elvis Presley’s favourite tipple made from Rum, Blue Caruçao, Coconut Cream and Pineapple Juice, Pink Squirrel made with Almond Liqueur, Crème de Cacao White, Fresh Cream and Ground Cinnamon and Horse’s Neck, a zingy concoction of Gin, Ginger Ale, Angostura Bitters and a Grapefruit Spiral alongside classic martinis, negronis and manhattans.
In a stylish setting that truly befits a legend, The Maestro will be hosting regular tastings and masterclasses hosted by him as well as offering guests cognacs from his own world class private collection. Guests can be guided through his dedicated negroni, manhattan or martini menus, featuring drinks that have earned him the highest order of international acclaim, as well as delving into some of the new creations he has devised exclusively for The Holy Birds.
Salvatore left Playboy a year ago and since then has offered his energy and expertise in supporting his sons in what is their biggest venture to date. The Calabreses are rapidly becoming one of the most famous bar dynasties and The Mule Bar will continue to build on their legacy.
To celebrate Salvatore’s new home, there will be a 20% discount on all drinks Monday–Wednesday at The Mule Bar for all hospitality industry workers. Please quote ‘The Maestro’ when ordering.
About Salvatore Calabrese
As one of the world’s leading bartenders, Salvatore Calabrese is an award-winning global powerhouse spending his time as a consultant for select brands, a sought-after judge for worldwide competitions, and former President of the United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild. His cocktail books have sold over two million copies globally and he owns one of the world’s largest collections of vintage cognac.
Salvatore began developing his passion for combining flavours at an early age, during his time working in a bar in Maiori village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. He moved to London and found himself at Duke’s Hotel, where he developed a niche market for rare and aged cognacs, beginning a concept he dubbed Liquid History. He then moved to the Lanesborough Hotel, before running his own bar at the Fifty St James club, and then Salvatore’s at Playboy in London. The Maestro has created drinks now famous all over the globe – including his renowned Breakfast Martini and The Naked or Direct Martini. Known for his flair, style and presence, Salvatore is also responsible for creating both the world’s most expensive and the oldest cocktail too.
About Gerry Calabrese
Gerry has been a leading light of the hospitality sector for 18 years, working across of the business, from 5 star hotels, top restaurants and award winning bars. He has won a multitude of awards, both personally and for his businesses including; Best Bar UK and Best Bar London. He has consulted for major global beverage companies in product development, as well as launching his own acclaimed Hoxton Gin five years ago. He founded East London institution, The Hoxton Pony in 2008 and then moved into Mayfair with cabaret-themed bar, Baroque, in 2013, followed by a return to Hackney with Wringer & Mangle in 2015. His consultancy business, Calabrese House has worked with an impressive range of internationally renowned brands, such as Mulberry, Bentley and The British Fashion Council.
About Jon Calabrese
Jon has grown up in and around the drinks industry and although he started on a very different path to his father and brother their influence naturally drew him to it. His previous experiences have allowed him to bring a unique skill set to the duo. Since the brothers started working together, their business has grown exponentially. Jon takes a fresh approach to the industry and runs day to day operations for the group, managing and cultivating teams of passionate hospitality professionals. He consistently provides seamless experiences for both customer and client.
The Mule Bar at The Holy Birds
94 Middlesex Street
Tel: 020 3610 0185