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t salute amici FOREWORD SALVATORE CALABRASE is stirring things up this Christmas... T hey call me The Maestro - though my wife pooh -poohs this when she has to mix her own gin and tonic! I've been creating cocktails all over the globe for 40 years, for a variety of clients, from celebrities to royalty to presidents. But I love to share my passion with everyone, which is why I've just updated my book, Classic Cocktails. In fact, 70% of the classic cocktails consumed today were created during Prohibition, when bartenders put together all kinds of concoctions from whatever was to hand to make the taste of bathtub spirit palatable. Indeed, I'm so fascinated by liquid history that I won a place in the Guinness Book Of Records for mixing the oldest cocktail ever - the ingredients had a combined age of 733 years! But you don't need old spirits to make tasty cocktails at home. My advice is to start off with what you have in your drinks cupboard and you can improvise if you don't have all the right equipment - a jar with a screwtop lid can be used as a cocktail shaker, for example. The only thing you need to watch is the quality of the water which you opt for to make your ice - I strongly recommend that you use bottled water only. I am sure you'll love the cocktail recipes in this issue and I hope also that you will enjoy learning a little more about the spirits and liqueurs behind them. Christmas is certainly a good time to have fun experimenting, so get shaking! As for Christmas, my family will be eating fish on Christmas Eve, as is the Italian custom. And on Christmas Day... well, I find it hard to beat a classic Champagne cocktail before our Christmas dinner. This could be a traditional home -made lasagne, the way my mum used to make it: no runny minced meat, but instead meatballs cooked gently overnight in tomato sauce and then sandwiched between layers of pasta with salami, mozzarella, boiled eggs and Parmesan, all topped with béchamel sauce. It's making me hungry to even think about it! Mamma mia! Salvatore Calabrese CHEERS 013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cheers 2013

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM OZ
CIAO FROM SALVATORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SNIFF AND SPIT
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
SOUTHERN STARS
PARTY PIECES
UP AND COMING
LET’S GET FIZZICAL
BUON NATALE
A SAFE HARBOUR
ITALIAN MASTERS
MIXING IT UP
CLASSIC COCKTAILS
WONDROUS WHISKY
VERSATILE VODKA
GIN-GIN
CAKES AND ALE
BOTTLE SHOP
SOMETHING TO EAT
GOURMET GETAWAYS
GIFTS AND GADGETS
BOXING CLEVER
STOCK UP YOUR BAR
BLOG IT!

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