Salvatore Calabrese launches Acqua Bianca

One of the worlds most renowned bartenders Salvatore "The Maestro" Calabrese has launched a new liqueur in collaboration with De Kuyper Royal Distillers dubbed "Acqua Bianca" today at The Donovan Bar in the Brown's Hotel in London, UK. Cocktails For You managed to get hold of the Maestro for an interview really trying to get the in's & out's of this new product as well as some of Salvatore's personal thoughts on the collaboration.


The official press release starts with 'De Kuyper Royal Distillers has partnered with leading bartender Salvatore Calabrese to launch Acqua Bianca, an aromatic new liqueur. Continuing De Kuyper’s signature collection of liqueurs made by top bartenders for bartenders worldwide, Acqua Bianca is created using all-natural ingredients such as lemon, bergamot, peppermint and rose, bound with essence of ambergris, which is more traditionally used in perfumery.

In the creation of Acqua Bianca, Calabrese – aka “The Maestro” – revived and reworked a recipe taken from an antique book dating back to the late 1800s. He uses ingredients from his native Italy such as lemons from the Amalfi Coast and bergamot from Calabria, which sit alongside citron – one of the oldest varieties of citrus – from Asia. Unusually, Calabrese also calls on ambergris, which is more commonly used to add intensity and a longer-lasting fragrance to perfume. Here, it creates more depth of flavour by binding the ingredients together."