What is an aperitif?
An aperitif is a drink that’s meant to be had before a meal to stimulate the appetite—the original European happy hour drink. Usually served over ice with other spirits or sparkling water, they’re citrusy, bitter, and a little sweet.
- Aperitivo - Usually sweet with mild bitter character and lower proof
- Red Bitter - Bitter and bracing
- Aperitif Wine - Aromatized and fortified wines, typically from France & Italy
Aperitivos are typically a little lower proof, juicier, and less bitter. When you see a deeper red color, that usually means more aggressive quinine and different barks used for bitterness.
- Bicicletta: Red Bitters + White Wine + soda
- Negroni: Dry Gin + Red Bitters + Sweet Vermouth
- Aperitivo Spritz: Aperitivo + Sparkling Wine + Club Soda
Try them with ice and soda. Citrus or Olives are traditional garnishes.