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Aperitif

WHAT IS APERITIF ?

Ap√©ritifs‚Äô are more than just beverages, they‚Äôre a custom long-practiced in Europe‚Äď‚Äďand it only takes looking at a few bar menus to see that they‚Äôre catching on at an accelerating rate in America too. The best starting point for choosing one is with the definition of ap√©ritif, a French word that evolved from the Latin verb aperture that means ‚Äúto open.‚ÄĚ As such, an ap√©ritif is a drinkable appetizer meant to stimulate the appetite before a meal; it is the counterpart to the digestif that closes the meal. So how do you choose the right ap√©ritif? There aren‚Äôt really any rules other than choosing a beverage that‚Äôs enjoyable and intriguing to drink. Gin, fortified wines, liqueurs, cocktails and even beer qualify. That being said, ap√©ritifs are typically light-bodied alcoholic beverages, and most-commonly a dry and bitter sweet. The Spanish and Italian favorite, Vermouth is by far the most prevalent ap√©ritif in the world, but ap√©ritifs can vary greatly by region. The Greeks love ouzo, the Germans Riesling, the Portuguese port, the French cognac or Champagne (especially in a kir royal). Americans are well-known to have used Chardonnay as our go-to ap√©ritif. So take your pick from our brands below. Then, relax and awaken your taste buds.¬†

HOW TO DRINK APERITIF WINE:

While an apéritif can be sipped as is, if it is fortified you may want to enjoy it on the rocks or with a splash of soda and a peel of your favorite citrus fruit to tone down the bitter flavor. You can also make a wide variety of cocktails. Some of the most famous are the Martini, the Manhattan, and James Bonds’ favorite: the Vesper.