Marian Beke and Casoni create savoury liqueurs for cocktailsBy Nicola Carruthers
Marian Beke of The Gibson bar in London has partnered with Italian spirits producer Casoni to create a new range of liqueurs, which have been designed to “add a savoury note” to cocktails.
The new liqueur range was in development for two years and consists of three expressions: Amarotto; Wild Berries and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena; and Figs and Cherries and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.
Established in 1814, Casoni is based in the city of Modena and claims to be one of Italy’s oldest liqueur brands.
The city’s balsamic vinegar “plays a strong role” in the new liqueurs, with Beke selecting an “iconic creation” from provinces in Italy for each expression. The range is made using ‘natural’ ingredients.
Bottled at 29% abv, Amarotta is described as a “perfect marriage” between two Italian spirits: amaro and amaretto. The product is said to deliver “complexity and a delicately smoky flavour” to any serve.
Wild Berries and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (17% abv) is a “twist on the classic fruit liqueurs that Italy is known for”. The expression “balances the acidity of balsamic vinegar with the mellow and harmonious notes of blueberry and blackberry”.
Meanwhile, Figs and Cherries and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is described as an “explosion” of traditional flavours from the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The 21% abv liqueur combines local cherries and sweet figs with three-year-old balsamic vinegar from Modena to develop a “subtly sweet” expression.
Stefano Tirtei, export manager for Casoni, said: “Traditional processes paired with modern ideas is the cornerstone of Casoni liqueurs and it is for this reason we have been so honoured to work with a renowned industry figure such as Marian.
“We are excited to bring Italian liqueurs into the modern age of mixology with this new savoury range.”
Beke is known for his experimentation with savoury drinks. Last year, he launched a savoury-style gin in collaboration with Belgium’s Copperhead Distillery.
At The Gibson bar in London’s Old Street, Beke has developed three cocktails to showcase the new Casoni range and highlight its savoury notes.
“It has been a privilege to work with such an esteemed and historical brand such as Casoni – I couldn’t think of a better partner to bring this range of contemporary liqueurs to life,” said Beke.
“Throughout the two-year development we have used the incredible processes of Casoni to create a truly modern take on classic liqueurs.”
The new liqueurs will be available to buy soon from Master of Malt for an RRP of £18 (US$21.90) per 500ml bottle.