Flores Cócteles Milan: classic Drink Night

From September 20, 2022 the living legends of mixology at Melloni Street, 9

What is it all about? Events under the sign of the history of classic cocktails, thematic evenings with  the authors themselves as guests or top connoisseurs of the drink featured in the One Night.

Flores Cócteles the place

Flores Cócteles is a unique bar not only in Milan but throughout Italy. Undoubtedly an elegant cocktail bar with refined taste and location (both in style and concept connected to the Argentine restaurant El Porteño Prohibido but focused on classic mixing it is in fact also a center for spreading the culture of mixed drinks. In a few words, it focuses on a concept of cocktail tie it to the mixology world for drinks with a balanced and very interesting taste.

In line with its drink list, which is articulated in a selection of 7 great classics revisited respecting the original recipe but with a modern twist, Flores Cócteles organizes a series of events to popularize the art of mixology and responsible and conscious drinking with the help of leading industry-recognized myxologists.

What is meant by Mixology?

Mixology is the art of mixed drinking and is based on creating a delicate balance between all ingredients, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, which must be carefully and thoughtfully chosen based on a cocktail recipe but also by selecting particular varieties of spirits and essences, often also made by the bartender himself.

Events of Flores Classic Drink Night 

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, the authors of mainstream cocktails, those on the IBA (International Bartenders Association) list and their most credentialed connoisseurs will take turns at its bar.

  • The first appointment is with the world’s top expert on Negroni, Florentine Luca Picchi, as well as author of the book ” Negroni cocktail. An Italian Legend” (Giunti Editore). A truly bang start a few days before the end of Negroni Week.

  • Second guest, Tuesday, Oct. 11, Roberto Pellegrini, father of the famous Federica as well as the main keeper of the secrets of the Spritz, to lead an evening discovering the origins and transformations of this famous and seemingly simple cocktail now widespread really everywhere.

The Flores Classic Drink Night review will continue in November and December. The schedule, which is still being finalized, currently features the following.

  • 18 OCTOBER – PATRICK PISTOLESI (Drink Kong, Roma)

  • NOVEMBER 1ST – MARCO ROSSI (Officine Sbiellate, Milano)

  • 22 NOVEMBER – CRISTIAN BUGIADA (Freni e Frizioni | La Punta Expendio de Agave, Roma) 

  • 6 DECEMBER – BENJAMIN CAVAGNA (1930 Cocktail Bar, Milano)

The cocktail List

On the list are seven reinterpretations of great classics Especiales (€16) by Diego Atlantico, bar manager at Flores Cócteles, who has interpreted the classics Clover Club, Vodka Sour, Long Island, Manhattan (Perfect) and Zombie with rigor and respect for the original recipes.

Remaining from the previous drink list are Negroni “Vintage” and Paloma, which became among Flores’ best sellers soon after its opening in April 2022.

Reinterpretations of the classics play on unexpected presentation with a wow effect, including glasses made specifically to enhance a particular blend and dramatic decorations with dry ice, edible flowers, velvet and foam. But that’s not all: some reinterpretations focus instead on minimalist decoration but especially on niche products that ennoble the drink. This is the case of Negroni “Vintage,” made with a gin aged for over a month in oak barrels.

File rouge of every twists on classic is the attention to color (all drinks have fall colors in keeping with the season) and respect for the original ingredients in the recipes, which remain the same if constructed differently.

Completing the drink list’s offerings are fourteen Clasicos (€14) on a rotating basis; currently available are Mojito, Daiquiri, Spritz, Hugo, Margarita, Tommy’s Margarita, Gin&Vodka selection, Tequila Sunrise, Bloody Mary, Americano, Sbagliato, Martini Cocktail, Caipirinha, MI-TO, Caipiroska.

Which is the idea behind the Flores Classic Drink Night project?

Our aspiration is to contribute to the growth of classic cocktail culture and mixing history. After the dark ages of mixology, at the turn of the 1970s and throughout the 1990s, we were swept into the Second Golden Age of cocktails. A still ongoing phenomenon that began in Italy a dozen years ago. Since then, the level of mixed drinking -Italian and international- has grown so much. Which is good, of course. But, on the other hand, we have witnessed the boom of “signature drinks,” or original creations, forgetting too often the classic recipes. Which are and must always be the basis of any research and innovation. That is why we decided to invest in promoting the culture of classic mixing

explains Sebastian Bernardez, promoter of the Flores Cócteles project along with his brother Alejandro Bernardez and Fabio Acampora, partners in Dorrego Company, a company that has changed the Milanese nightlife scene since 1995 by opening more than 20 businesses in the Horeca sector.

 Drink Nights Programme

Negroni Night Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7 p.m.

  • Dove:📍Flores Cocteles | via Macedonio Melloni 9, Milano
  • Cocktail: NEGRONI
  • Special guest: Luca Picchi

▪︎ From 7 to 8 p.m. Negroni Classico meeting and tasting. A fascinating journey through time to retrace the entire Negroni history with an exceptional guide: Luca Picchi.

POSTI LIMITATI, è consigliata la prenotazione, infoline 02 25062491

▪︎ Dalle ore 20 Luca Picchi protagonista al bancone per realizzare il suo Negroni sodato tailor made, in base al gusto del cliente, con sode diverse, un suo twist e un suo inedito, oltre al Negroni classico. Tutti i cocktail classici e i Twist della nuova drink list del Flores resteranno disponibili durante tutta la serata.

Un po’ di storia: Il Negroni
Il Negroni è uno dei rari cocktail creati da un cliente e non da un bartender. Nato a Firenze, tra il 1918 e il 1919, nella drogheria Casoni in via de’ Tornabuoni, dove ora c’è l’Atelier Giorgio Armani. Qui, infatti, il giovane ragazzo di bottega Fosco Scarselli versò il primo Negroni al Conte Camillo Negroni. «Il Conte, gran bevitore, chiese di irrobustire il suo Americano con il gin per alzare il grado alcolico senza variarne il colore e donando una nota di profumo in più», chiarisce Luca Picchi, bartender, massimo esperto del cocktail Negroni.

Chi è Luca Picchi 

Da bar manager per 20 anni dello storico Caffè Rivoire 1872 in piazza della Signoria a Firenze a bartender al Caffè Gilli 1773 nella stessa città, instancabile e appassionato ricercatore, Luca Picchi è il massimo esperto di Negroni al mondo. 

Non solo per le numerose varianti che ha elaborato, ma anche per il preciso lavoro di documentazione storica che è confluito nel libro “Negroni cocktail. Una leggenda italiana” (Giunti Editore). Stimatissimo dai colleghi, apprezzatissimo dai clienti, è spesso protagonista di seminari, lezioni e drinking show.  

MARTEDÌ 11 OTTOBRE dalle ore 19.00 | Spritz Night

  • 🍹COCKTAIL: SPRITZ
  • Dove:📍Flores Cocteles | via Macedonio Melloni 9, Milano
  • Special guest: ROBERTO PELLEGRINI 

Programma

Dalle h. 19 alle 20 incontro e degustazione. Imperdibile occasione per scoprire tutto quello che avremmo voluto sapere sul celeberrimo aperitivo, attraverso i ricordi di Roberto Pellegrini, per anni barman all’Hotel Danieli, al Caffè Florian e capo barman dell’Hotel Gritti di Venezia. Le sere trascorse alla guida del bar Longhi al prestigioso Gritti sul Canalgrande, secondo Hemingway “il migliore albergo in una città di grandi alberghi”, ad ascoltare le storie di Hugo Pratt, Rubinstein e numerosi altri personaggi famosi, rinsaldando amicizie che sarebbero durate anni. Storie di bicchieri, drink e persone, indimenticabili momenti di una Venezia che non c’è più.

Dalle 20 Roberto Pellegrini al bancone.

All classic cocktails and Twists from Flores’ new drink list will remain available throughout the evening.

INFORMAZIONI PER IL PUBBLICO 

Flores Cócteles, via Macedonio Melloni 9, Milano | tel 02 25062491 
Profilo IG: @flores.cocteles
Aperti dal martedì alla domenica, orario dalle 19:00 alle 02:00

Dorrego Company

Dorrego Company crea e gestisce format ristorativi. Nata nel 1995, guidata da Alejandro Bernardez, Fabio Acampora, Sebastian Bernardez, la Dorrego Company immagina, progetta, costruisce e gestisce lounge bar e ristoranti sempre innovativi e di rilievo. La consolidata esperienza nel settore ha permesso di portare nei locali gestiti dal gruppo una forte innovazione sia in termini di offerta enogastronomica che di layout architettonici.
Dorrego Company è proprietaria a Milano dei locali Living Liqueur and Delight, Refeel Coffee & More e dei ristoranti Pisco Cucina di Mare e i quattro El Porteño Darsena, El Porteño Arena, El Porteño Prohibido, El Porteño Gourmet. A Roma a Ottobre 2020 è stato aperto il primo El Porteño Roma. Mentre a Milano ad Aprile 2022 ha inaugurato Flores Cócteles, cocktail bar dedicato alla miscelazione classica.