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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What is the formula for the perfect cocktail? We asked the great Salvatore Calabrese what he thought makes for the perfect drink: ‘A great cocktail has to satisfy three things: the eyes, the nose and the taste buds. It has to look great, smell divine and taste incredible. It’s also a journey, like a journey of life, which starts on the lips as a young man – wanting to experience what one doesn’t know, then on the middle palate one’s grown up and wants to be intrigued, finally it evolves to the back palate, where we’ve matured, and this comes down to the structure of the spirit, that’s why the spirit is the canvas that gives the longevity of taste. So to me, it’s about creating that journey and I don’t want it to be confused, it has to be clean and clear.’

What do you think? This is our formula for a great drink: