The definitive guide to the finest drinking experiences

The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city.

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Claudio Perinelli a.k.a ‘Peri’, Coffee Break

The Drink

Coffee Break, is a twist on a Negroni, which replaces gin with Zacapa 23 to give a full-bodied base with rich, sweet notes. It incorporates a honey coffee mix that Claudio makes using warmed wildflower honey and Italian Arabica coffee (prepared in a stovetop moka pot) that are combined at a ratio of 4 to 1 and blended for 10 seconds. The result is rich and robust, just sweet enough and with a digestif character, perfectly paired with homemade pistachio crisps and fresh green apple slices sprinkled with ground Tonka beans.

Watch Claudio create his cocktail


The Technique

Zacapa 23 • 45ml
Cocchi Americano Rosa • 30ml
Cynar • 10ml
Honey coffee mix • 5ml (see above)
Apple wood for smoking
Contains 19.5 grams of alcohol per serve

Pour the first four ingredients into one of a pair of chilled Boston shakers and swirl gently with a bar spoon. ‘Throw’ the cocktail ten times from one shaker to the other. Strain into a glass bottle previously smoked with apple wood. Stir and pour into an Old Fashion glass over ice.

To try the cocktail made by the man himself visit Bartenders Academy, Verona Italy

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