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How to Drink Like a Venetian…Again at Venice Cocktail Week 2022

222. How to Drink like a venetian...again

Do you remember me talking about Venice Cocktail Week earlier this year?  If you are an avid fan of Lush Life, you might recall I was there for the launch of what has become one of my favorite weeks of the year. 

The city of Venice has always had a special place in my heart.  The introduction of a week celebrating Venice’s drinking establishments was genius, and I am so thankful to Paola Mencarelli and Bianca Grisolia for including me again this year for the second annual edition of Venice Cocktail Week 2022, which took place from Sept 25 to Oct 2, 2022. 

In attendance were so many of my friends and former Lush Life guests: Giorgio Bargiani, Daniyel Jones, Facundo Gallegos, and Martin Hudak. Plus, I met even more greats, including Giulia Cuccurullo, Emanuele Balestra, Patrick Pisolesi, and the Maestro himself, Salvatore Calabrese, who made his signature Breakfast Martini in a gondola! 

In this episode, I’m taking you with me back to Venice to meet a few of the many participants who make cocktail week happen!

Up first is Bianca Grisolia, the PR and Communications Director of Venice Cocktail Week, to update us on some of the changes from this year to last.

Then we head to Caffè Florian for a bit of coffee talk with Cristiana Rivolta,  then the San Clemente Palace Hotel bar where perfume and gin collided with Paul Rabanser, and then on to the Experimental to discuss how art and cocktails are a match made in heaven with Dan Nevsky.

Watch the video!!

Cocktail of the Week!

Caffe Florian - Red Sighs
Yield: 1

Caffe Florian's Red Sighs

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Caffè Florian in Venice is the oldest cafe in Europe! The Red Sighs is one of its newest cocktails and was launched at Venice Cocktail Week 2022. The photo is by my friend @martino.dini!


  • 60 ml Gin dei Sospiri
  • 20 ml Select
  • Tè Florian Venezia 1720 in infusione (or Chai Tea)


  1. Add ice and then shake shake shake.
  2. Then strain it into a martini glass 
  3. Garnish with an orange peel and then say cincin!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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