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Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup Launches In London And Barcelona

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American Beverage Marketers, leading specialists in the cocktail ingredient category, have worked with drinks industry expert Giuseppe Gallo to create Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup. Launching to the on-trade from mid-April, and with listings in high profile accounts, the tonic syrup allows bartenders to experiment with the fundamental flavour profile of tonic water. Under development for almost two years, and inspired by the original formula of the Dutch West India Company, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup can be used as a base for homemade tonic waters or added to cocktails to create an elegant bitterness.

Capitalising on the worldwide trend for the Gin & Tonic, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup has been developed in response to demand from bartenders for a cocktail ingredient that allows them to consistently make their own tonic water. After researching original tonic recipes dating back to the 1600s, Bon Vivant is made using natural quinine from cinchona bark of the highest quality, sourced from the Congo, and lemons from California and Argentina. The citrus oils provide a refreshing, crisp flavour, whilst the quinine rounds off the syrup with a bitter finish at the end. Transparent in colour with a light golden hue, it is less sweet than pre-made tonic waters, and the natural flavourings allow the flavour profile of the gin or spirit it is paired with to shine through.

Giuseppe Gallo comments, “We are very excited to be launching Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup to the on-trade, especially at a time when we have seen a trend for lower-ABV cocktails gain traction, as well as a more considered approach to alcohol-free offerings. Customers’ palates are also becoming more sophisticated with a return to classic cocktails such as the negroni and bitter aperitivo style drinks, and the gin boom doesn’t show any signs of slowing. We have designed Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup in the hope that bartenders will be able to offer a more unique, authentic tonic water option, as well as opening up new flavour profile opportunities in mixed drinks.”

In a Gin & Tonic, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup works particularly well with London Dry gins that have a strong juniper note, however the amount can be adjusted to accommodate different botanical profiles across the gin category. It also works well with different spirits and liqueurs, with recommended serves including Amaro & Tonic, Vermouth & Tonic and Italicus & Tonic. As a cocktail ingredient it can be used in sour classics such as an Aviation or White Lady instead of sugar, and there is the opportunity for bartenders to experiment with their own infusions and serves.

On the launch, leading bartender and UKBG president Luca Cordiglieri comments, “Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup is a great addition to the market with its floral and herbal flavour, and a sweetness that is not overpowering. I find it’s great for making your own Gin and Tonic, or as a cocktail ingredient.” Noting its usefulness as a cocktail ingredient, Simone Caporale also comments, “Whereas before you might have had to use lots of different elements to create a drink, the use of Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup creates an interesting complexity using just one ingredient, opening up avenues of creativity for bartenders to explore.”

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For The Love of Italy: Giuseppe, Simone, Davide.

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Just received this from the ever popular London Sessions, and one of my brands will be in attendance with Guiseppe Gallo in Nardini Rabarbaro and Amaro, so if you’re a bartender, what more of an excuse do you need to go?!

Introducing For the Love of Italy, an ode to all things Italian with three of our favourite, most talented and well… most Italian… Italians. The London Sessions 23rd Session will be held at The House of Peroni from 2pm – 4pm with Giuseppe Gallo, Simone Caporale and Davide Segat. There will be cocktails created by the trio, pizza, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and as always, it’s free. To RSVP just reply to rebekkah@rebekkahdooley.com NOW. RSVPs are accepted on a first come, first served basis so be quick.

THE ITALIANS

Widely regarded as one of the worlds foremost vermouth experts, Giuseppe Gallo of Italys Amalfi Coast has worked (and excelled) in pretty much every role within the bar industry, inspired as a child by his mothers home made Limoncello. In 2014 he was recognised as Best International Brand Ambassador by Tales of The Cocktail, and during his 20 years of working with alcohol has been profiled by the Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Imbibe, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal and PEOPLE. Currently he serves on the Spirited Awards Judging Panel and is the Founding Director of Ital Spirits.

Simone Caporale landed in London from Como, Italy in 2009. Just five years later he was awarded International Bartender of the Year at Tales of The Cocktail 2014, the same year Artesian took home the Best International Hotel Bar, Best International Bar Team and the coveted World’s Best Bar accolades, as well as the Drink’s International World’s Best Bar award, which, under Simone and Alex Kratena’s careful watch, they’ve won 2012 – 2015 inclusive. His trophy cabinet must need reinforcing. Simone joins us fresh from launching his newest project p(our) in Paris with Alex Kratena and Monica Berg.

Portogruaro native Davide Segat learnt his trade in some of London’s most illustrious establishments before opening the London EDITION, where he meticulously runs both the Lobby Bar and multi award winning Punch Room. At the Connaught he was taught the classical arts of bartending (how to mix a Martini and flirt with your girlfriend whilst you’re in the bathroom) before moving to Miami to learn his way around a blender, and at Green and Red was taught everything about tequila and some other stuff that he can’t really remember. After two years at Hawksmoor he accepted the job of Bar Manager at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. This year he’s mainly been travelling the world making Punch for the likes of PDT, Candelaria and Dead Rabbit.

 

Guiseppe Gallo And Bar Termini Present: Cafe Italia

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London Cocktail Week Hub at Spitalfields Market
Thursday 8 October – Saturday 10 October 2015
Open from 12 midday to 9.30pm everyday

The authority on Italian spirits Giuseppe Gallo has joined forces with Bar Termini, London’s most authentic Italian coffee and cocktail bar co-founded by pioneering drinks creator Tony Conigliaro, to create Café Italia, the ultimate Italian coffee and cocktail destination at this year’s London Cocktail Week.

Café Italia will launch on Thursday 8 October 2015 for 3 days only, at the London Cocktail Week hub in Spitalfields, to showcase the finest Italian spirits, serve outstanding Italian coffee, and celebrate the revered tradition of Aperitivo and Digestivo. Through three exclusive masterclasses, guests are able to learn the secrets of Italy’s leading spirits and liqueurs.

LA DOLCE VITA

The intimate pop-up can host up to 20 people at any one time and will reflect the set up of Bar Termini; an intimate and refined space, stocked with bottles of carefully selected Italian amaro, liqueurs and vermouth, as well as rare Italian spirits that are not available in the UK.

From midday, baristas will be onsite serving the famed Bar Termini espressos alongside biscotti, and later in the afternoon exceptional bartenders will honour Aperitivo Hour with carefully curated cocktails and small bites. The cocktail list, including traditional classics like the negroni and martini, will be sure to impress after being handpicked collaboratively by the team at Bar Termini.

ITALIAN DRINKS EXPERT

With 20 years experience building his impressive wealth of knowledge of Italian spirits, Gallo will host 3 bespoke masterclasses for London’s drinks trade in conjunction with team members from award-winning Bar Termini. From vermouth to amaro, Aperitivo to Digestivo, tradition to innovation, the north of Italy to the south, these masterclasses will offer invaluable insight into the elegant world of Italian spirits.

Entry to each of the 45-minute masterclasses is free, however with limited spaces – guests will be allocated space on a first come, first served basis.

2pm, Thursday 8 October 2015
Coffee cocktails; The Italian Favourites

Discover Italy’s favourite drinking occasions, hosted by Giuseppe Gallo and Marco Arrigo, cofounder of Bar Termini. In this seminar you will learn everything from the coffee bean to cup, through the classic serves such as café corretto and espresso martini. Only for coffee lovers!

2pm, Friday 9 October 2015
Story & tales of the Italian Aperitivo

The Italian Aperitivo is more than a drink, it is a moment; experience this with host Giuseppe Gallo and Roberta Mariani from Bar Termini. From the Romans all the way through to modern culture, discover a journey into the Italian drinking culture with a unique tasting of rare spirits from Italy.

2pm, Saturday 10 October 2015
Amaro per Amore: The Bitter Love

Learn about the next big thing, Amaro, by the best in the business; Giuseppe Gallo and Zoe Burgess, Head of Research & Development at Drink Factory. The most complex taste is BITTER. This is an opportunity to learn about science behind the bitter taste, how it is perceived in our brain and what botanicals are essentials in crafting the Italian liqueurs.

Located at London Cocktail Week’s east London hub at Spitalfields Market, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the best of Italy, right here in central London.