These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails Before Dinner And Beyond To Enjoy

In the US, we have always admired Italian drinking customs including Aperitivo and digestivo. The word Aperitivo, or aperitif, defines the ritual of pre-dinner happy hour before a meal. It created the wonderful tradition of gathering with friends to unwind  and sip cocktails before dinner. Alternatively, digestivo, or digestif characterizes the leisurely act of drinking after a meal, the ideal way to end a perfect evening. They both typically involve a blend of ingredients such as native citrus, herbs, and roots to help jump start or aid in digestion.  These are found in classic cocktails such as a Negroni, Aperol Spritz, and Americano.

While under stay at home orders, we are becoming creative in the kitchen and crafting the perfect aperitif and digestif has upped our mixology cred. We have listed 8 cocktail recipes to drink before dinner and afterwards. But don’t limit yourself, these libations are light and refreshing that you can sip anytime.

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond
8 Cocktail Recipes To Drink Before Dinner And After Dinner

Anisette Martini

Ingredients:

Method:

In a mixing glass with ice, Add all ingredients.  Stir and then strain into a chilled martini glass with olives.

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond

Strega Mule

Ingredients:

Method:

Combine Strega and lime juice in a mule mug filled with ice.  Top with ginger beer and serve.

 

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond

Anisette Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Meletti Dry Anisette
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz Simple syrup
  • 8 Leaves of fresh mint

Method:

In a cocktail glass, muddle anisette with mint. Next, add lime juice, grapefruit juice, simple syrup and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge.

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond

Rosato Gin & Tonic

Ingredients:    

Method:

Pour ice cubes into a wine glass. Add all ingredients and stir with bar spoon. Garnish with rosemary.

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond

Rosato Fresco

Ingredients:

Method:

Place ice into a wine glass and add the Aperitivo Rosato, vodka and top off with tonic water. Stir with bar spoon and finish off by garnishing with two slices of grapefruit.

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond

Flamingo Rosato

Ingredients:

Method:

Fill a tall glass with ice and then add all ingredients. Top with tonic water. Stir to mix and garnish with anything seasonal and fresh!

Nocello Colado

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Nocello Toschi
  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 3 oz Coconut Pulp

Method:

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously and then strain and serve in a glass with crushed ice.

These Aperitif Drinks Are Perfectly Acceptable Cocktails To Enjoy Before Dinner And Beyond

Black Coffee in Bed

Ingredients:

Method:

In a glass mug, add Nocello Toschi and espresso and stir with bar spoon.  Serve with whipped cream on top.

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