The Bassano Bar and PizzaExpress To Partner Up in Manchester This Summer

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The nation’s favourite restaurant chain PizzaExpress and pop-up innovators Bassano Events have joined together to bring ‘The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress’ to Manchester. Opening June 21st at PizzaExpress’s First Street restaurant, the modern Italian cocktail bar concept will be a first for the North of England after it follows last summer’s successful debut for The Bassano Bar and its winning Italian drinks formula within the busy ‘Magic Roundabout’ venue in London’s Shoreditch.

Offering a selected menu that combines a focus on classic Italian cocktails such as the Negroni with Campari, Aperol Spritz, Nardini Mezzoemezzo and Frizzante Frutta with San Pellegrino, the bar is also including innovative home-grown recipes, with the ‘The Haçienda Sour’ and ‘The Manchester Negroni’ featuring local gin producer, Three Rivers.

Augmenting the much-loved and increasingly broad PizzaExpress menu, The Bassano Bar is keen to promote a range of traditional Italian drinks, including grappa, Italy’s much under-rated national spirit. Originating from Bassano del Grappa in the Veneto region, Nardini is Italy’s most prestigious grappa brand, with the distiller’s home town providing the inspiration for the name of the bar.

Working alongside PizzaExpress, owners of Bassano Events Dave Marsland and Nick Hopewell-Smith have taken the opportunity to bring a flavour of Italian serves to the terrace of First Street, Pizza Express’ newest restaurant in the city, located in one of Manchester’s most dynamic leisure areas.

Dave is a well-known drinks expert and trainer, creating brand agency ‘Drinks Enthusiast’ in 2011, with his own spirits retail business in Altrincham and a national social media and publication presence as a drinks journalist.  A marketing professional with over 35 years experience, Nick is the initiator and creative driver behind The Bassano Bar in London and a specialist importer of Italian spirits and liqueurs from The Nardini Distillery.

With an al-fresco feel to the venue, making use of its natural light and, hopeful, Summer months, The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress will be a welcome addition to the Manchester bar scene.

Opening Hours;

Wednesday-Friday from 5pm – 11pm and from 12noon to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. 


The Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress, First Street North, Manchester, M15 4FN

Image by Georgie Glass / / @georgieglass_

Clive Owen And Paolo Sorrentino Lead (R)evolution To Film For Campari Red Diaries 2017

Campari®, the iconic red Italian bittersweet apéritif, today announces Campari Red Diaries; a holistic (r)evolution to the late Campari Calendar.

Representing a step-change in the brand’s communication, Campari Red Diaries brings to life the powerful ethos that “every cocktail tells a story”, celebrating cocktails as a form of art and a powerful vehicle for expression by shining a light on the experiences and emotions that inspire bartenders to create and share their craft.

Captivating month by month, the 2017 Campari Red Diaries journey harnesses the richness of storytelling, using short films as a vehicle for the first time to guide Campari lovers on an imaginative journey through a year-long series of cocktail stories from across the globe, to be shared with consumers via Campari’s official YouTube channel.

The founding story, a noir called Killer in Red, was written and directed by the Italian internationally-renowned award winner, Paolo Sorrentino and stars globally-acclaimed actor, Clive Owen, to debut the tale of the never-before seen eponymous cocktail after which the enchanting seven-minute short film takes its name.

While Killer in Red stands to ignite the Campari Red Diaries journey, it is flanked and complemented by a collection of 12 cocktail stories, which each bring to life the artistry and flair of 14 bartenders from all over the world. These stories introduce viewers to the magic behind the creation of each Campari cocktail, placing the culture of mixology and its many facets centre-stage, and each is brought to fruition by young and emerging Italian director, Ivan Olita.

While the content will be housed exclusively on Campari’s official YouTube channel, the premiere of Killer in Red and the full unveil of Campari Red Diaries will take place on 24th January 2017 in Rome, Italy; home to the legendary Cinecittà film studio – a symbol of Italian cinema.

On writing and directing Killer in Red, Paolo Sorrentino comments, “Campari is an Italian icon which has garnered global love and attention due to its strong, intrinsic sense of aesthetic and well-defined style – the very same qualities I pride myself on. With this year’s campaign embracing the realm of film, I really wanted to ensure I harnessed the theme of storytelling with an intriguing intensity. Working with Clive was fantastic – his compelling presence and enthusiasm allowed me to create a short film which I hope proves fresh, inspiring and imaginative.”

On his involvement, the Golden Globe award-winning Clive Owen adds, “I was honoured to be chosen to shoot Killer in Red as part of the 2017 Campari Red Diaries campaign, particularly since this year represents the brand’s first foray into the world of cinematography and film. Working with Paolo was a real pleasure.”

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Chief Executive Officer of Gruppo Campari comments, “This year’s campaign, Campari Red Diaries, centres on bringing to life the stories that inspire bartenders all around the world to innovate and create cocktail recipes we all are privileged to enjoy. The direction taken with this year’s campaign is unique – we have used film for the first time in the brand’s history, to guide fans on an imaginative journey, while also celebrating the flavour complexity and versatility of Campari that too inspires such imaginative recipe creation. The ever-charismatic Clive was the perfect subject to depict Paolo’s intense narrative and we’re very much looking forward to unveiling the full campaign come January.”

Kate Hudson Announced As Face Of Campari Calendar 2016

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Campari®, the iconic red Italian bittersweet apéritif, today reveals that Hollywood actress and entrepreneur Kate Hudson will serve as the star of the 2016 Campari Calendar. The beautiful, charismatic American actress will take the stage in this year’s Campari Calendar as two separate candidates in The BitterSweet Campaign.

The theme for the 2016 Campari Calendar is multi-faceted: first, it is inspired by the instantly recognisable iconography of a presidential election, using the classic theme as a metaphor for the duality of two opposing sides. The Calendar capitalises on the nature of any election, asking people to take a stand, express an opinion and vote for a side. With Campari’s unique taste serving as the epitome of duality, the Calendar cleverly asks people which aspect of the classic apéritif they identify with more: Bitter vs Sweet.

Second, the theme looks to leverage the rising popularity of the flavour of bitter in the world of mixology and food. The two sides of the ‘campaign’ are a reflection of Campari’s unmistakable bittersweet taste, which can be perceived as more bitter, or in contrast, sweeter, depending on the cocktail in which it is used – it has two opposing profiles. This intriguing duality is brought to life in the Calendar’s images captured by fashion photographer Michelangelo di Battista by re-enacting the most quintessential moments of any election, playing on the bitter or sweet angles. Kate Hudson will embody and personify the two souls of Campari playing the roles of two different candidates on the campaign trail: one promoting the captivating bitterness platform versus the other supporting a more subtle, intriguing sweetness platform. The full unveil of the 2016 Calendar will take place on 18th November.

Kate Hudson captured the hearts of critics and moviegoers in Almost Famous, a role that saw her win a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her many films also include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; You, Me and Dupree; Fool’s Gold; Bride Wars; and Nine. Her upcoming projects include Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah, opposite Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Zooey Deschanel; DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, Deepwater Horizon with Mark Wahlberg, and Garry Marshall’s all-star Mother’s Day.

In 2013, Kate founded Fabletics, a line of functional, comfortable, stylish and affordable activewear designed to inspire women to empower themselves by getting active and taking care of themselves, not as a fad or a quick fix, but as a way of living that promotes health, community, determination, passion and joy. In June 2015, Kate and Fabletics introduced FL2, a line of high-performance athletic wear and lifestyle essentials for men.

Kate follows in the footsteps of previous Campari Calendar heroines, including stylish and passionate actresses, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Jessica Alba, Milla Jovovich, Penelope Cruz, Uma Thurman, and Eva Green.

On starring in the 2016 Campari Calendar, Kate Hudson comments, “I was honoured to be invited to shoot the 2016 Campari Calendar. This year’s theme plays off the upcoming election, which is the perfect metaphor for the many Campari flavour choices. I loved working with Michelangelo to create two distinctive characters embodying bitter and sweet.”

Shooting the 17th edition of the globally renowned Campari Calendar is Michelangelo Di Battista, whose career as an international fashion photographer first began 20 years ago, upon his graduation from the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York. Michelangelo’s dedication and passion towards his craft most recently led to a major solo exhibition at the world-renowned Camera Work Gallery in Berlin, showcasing portraits of iconic women in collaboration with artist Tina Berning. His distinctive style of photography sees him capture a mysteriously alluring radiance from his subjects – a style evident in this year’s Campari Calendar.

On his involvement in the 2016 Campari Calendar, Michelangelo Di Battista adds, “Campari is a worldwide brand that has always had a very strong sense of aesthetic and well-defined style, which is exactly what I pride myself on. Each image had to stand alone as well as work as a collection. The theme has so many strands and I really wanted to make sure that each strand came through in my work. Working with Kate was fantastic, her enthusiasm and her ability to switch between the two personalities allowed me to create images that I hope are fresh, inspiring and imaginative. I think our strong desire to deliver perfection or as close to it as possible, was the perfect partnership.”

Bob Kunze-Concewitz, Chief Executive Officer of Gruppo Campari comments, “This year’s Campari Calendar, The BitterSweet Campaign, inspired by the iconography and mechanism of an election, is all about showing that there are always two sides to every story, person or product, as is the case for Campari. Celebrating and personifying the flavour complexity of Campari and building on the bittersweet trend makes this year’s calendar unique. Each month embodies the different profiles Campari embodies, alongside Kate Hudson’s incredible talent and ability to switch from approachable, welcoming and sensual to audacious and seductive. Michelangelo’s beautiful photography and strong styling brings to life all of the different elements with ease and elegance. With all this in mind, we’re very much looking forward to unveiling it later in the year.”

Rediscover Red With A Campari And Tonic


Campari has long been one of the best-kept secrets in the world of cocktails, but this year the world’s most stylish spirit will step into the spotlight as it unveils the most captivating drink ready for summer – the Campari & Tonic.

A charismatic drink made by infusing bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit, Campari’s recipe has remained unchanged (and closely guarded) for 155 years. With its renowned, vibrant red colour, intense aroma and inspiring flavor Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure.

Known as the consistent constituent in the fashionable and evermore popular Negroni cocktail, which was first created in the 1920’s for the extravagant Count Negroni, this year Campari are inviting cocktail lovers across the city to experience the pleasure of the spirit in a fresh and exciting way with the Campari & Tonic. While the Negroni is the perfect drink for the evening, the Campari & Tonic provides a lighter alternative to enjoy the distinctive flavour of Campari whether at home or out with friends.

A charming and refreshing mix, Campari & Tonic is the perfect accompaniment to enjoy on a long summer day combining the pleasantly bitter, intensely orange and gentle herbal flavours of Campari with a dash of tonic.

Campari & Tonic


50ml Campari
Top with Fever Tree Tonic Water
Squeeze of fresh lime


Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass over ice and finish with a squeeze of fresh lime.

For more information on Campari and other cocktail recipes follow @CampariUK on twitter or visit the website

Campari Red Night District Set To Light Up East London


This summer, #RediscoverRed at the Campari Red Night District from 16th May – 10th June.


Since the early 1900’s, Campari has collaborated with the world’s greatest artists to create iconic artwork that perfectly captures the spirit of the brand. Now, celebrating the art of Campari in an artistic takeover of east London, the Campari Red Night District will showcase the passion and flair that has made Campari one of the world’s most enduring yet intriguing spirits.

One of the bartender’s “best kept secrets” throughout its over 150-year history, this year Campari is stepping firmly into the light and giving cocktail lovers a glimpse inside its captivating world as it brings its signature style to the streets of Shoreditch. Transforming two renowned venues – the Hoxton Gallery and Dreambags JaguarShoes, the Campari Red Night District will invite guests to Rediscover Red with a special exhibition and a collection of exciting cocktails.

From Hohenstein, to Ugo Mochi, and Leonetto Cappiello, who created the famous ‘Spiritello’ image in 1921, Campari has long been synonymous with striking, ground-breaking art. The Campari Red Night District running from 16th May – 10th June 2015 [Wednesday – Sunday 11:30am-10pm] will pay homage to the brand’s rich visual heritage, with a collection of reimagined artwork.

NegroniWee_2015_Bild_1[1][2]Taking inspiration from the most iconic Campari artworks that built the very soul of the brand, the Campari Red Night District will invite guests to The Hoxton Gallery to explore its Italian sophistication and style through a creative installation curated by renowned East London art collective Moniker Projects. Art and cocktail enthusiasts are invited to sample our signature serve Campari & Tonic and explore the installation, before completing their rediscovery with a flight of Negronis – the most renowned Campari cocktail that has captured the nation’s tastebuds, specially selected from Campari’s Worldwide Negroni Compendium.

Those with a penchant for Campari’s captivating flavour can continue the rediscovery in the Campari inspired Art Deco exhibition at Dreambags JaguarShoes. Featuring an entirely redesigned bespoke interior inspired by the era of artwork that has become synonymous with Campari, Dreambags JaguarShoes will be open to visitors every day from noon – 1am. With a bespoke menu of classic Campari cocktails, including the Americano and Negroni Sbagliato, the bar will provide the perfect backdrop to while away the summer evenings with friends and enjoy the intriguing pleasure of this enlivening spirit.

Step into the Campari Red Night District this summer and #RediscoverRed through the passion, heritage and intrigue of the world’s most iconic red spirit.   Popping-up from 16th May – 10th June, the Hoxton Gallery will be open from 11:30am-10pm from Wednesday – Sunday. Dreambags JaguarShoesCampari inspired bar will be open from 12-1am daily.

For further information on the Campari Red Night District follow @CampariUK #RediscoverRed on twitter and @campariuk on Instagram.

Campari & Tonic


50ml Campari

Top with Fever Tree Tonic Water

Squeeze of fresh lime



Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass over ice and finish with a squeeze of fresh lime.




25ml Campari

25ml Gin

25ml vermouth Cinzano rosso

Orange Twist



Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange twist

Campari Tasting Notes


A classic brand that I’m sure everyone has come across at some point is Campari. But what makes this brand so well-known?

Campari was created in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. Bitter Uso Olanda, as Campari was initially called, was the result of Gaspare’s experiments concocting new beverages. The real change was having a bitter before lunch, not after. Campari soon became a popular liqueur and on January 7, 1880, the first Campari advertisement appeared in “Corriere della Sera”, Italy’s most important daily newspaper at that time. In 1904, Campari’s first production plant was opened in Sesto San Giovanni, near Milan, Italy and required bars that bought Campari to display the Campari Bitters sign. In the early nineties, Campari launched its first advertising project: a calendar featuring artwork by figurative artist Cesare Tallone. Known for his portraits, he painted a beautiful, alluring woman representing Campari for the calendar. To this day, Campari still produce their now iconic calendars. Advertising through media was also a forerunner, including Dudovich’s famous red poster portraying two lovers passionately kissing in a private room, as well as Leonetto Cappiello creating the famous Spiritello sprite wrapped in an orange peel, an image that people still remember. In the 1930’s, Campari Soda made its debut with a single-serve bottle designed by Depero, becoming the first pre-mixed drink sold worldwide.

So what is Campari?

Campari is the result of the infusion of herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water; these last two being the recipe’s only known ingredients. It was originally coloured with carmine dye, derived from crushed cochineal insects, which gave the drink its distinctive red colour, however in 2006, Gruppo Campari ceased using carmine in its production.

So how does Campari fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Campari – 25%

Lots of light floral notes on the nose with hints of herbal aromas. A developing bitterness on the palate, but rather fresh with some fruit and herb flavours coming through. Creates a long lingering finish.

Not too bad on its own, but goes well with it’s classic signature serve of a Negroni, perfect for over 100 years –



Glass – 


Ingredients –

30 ml Campari
30 ml Gin
30 ml Vermouth Cinzano Rosso

Method – 

Build in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.


Campari Orange Passion

Glass – 


Orange Passion
Orange Passion

Ingredients –

30 ml Campari
2 slices orange
1 teaspoon brown sugar
90 ml light orange juice

Method – 

Prepare the drink in a tall glass. Place orange and brown sugar in the glass and crush to a pulp. Add crushed ice. Add the Campari and orange juice and gently stir. Garnish with a red cherry.

This is a brand that is worthy of being a part of your drinks cabinet, especially as many bartenders are using Campari within exciting and innovative cocktails!

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24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 16

Day 16 uses the Italian spirit Campari to create a rather simple, yet dazzling in colour, cocktail to hand out to your party guests.

Campari Spritz

Day 16 – Campari Spritz – Campari

Glass –

Wine glass

Ingredients –

50ml Campari
25ml soda
75ml prosecco

Method –

Build all ingredients and pour into a wine glass full of ice.

Garnish with fresh pineapple.

Each day for the next 8 days their will be a different christmas cocktail added to the site, so sign yourself up to be the first to find out! Make sure you follow me on Twitter (and the hash tag #24daysofchristmascocktails) or Facebook for instant updates.

© David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog/sites author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to David Marsland and Drinks Enthusiast with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.