Aperitivo Cocktails

In many European countries, when you're dining out or as a guest in someone’s home, a cocktail or liqueur is often served as a welcome first course. This is commonly referred to as an aperitif (French) or aperitivo (Italian), not to be mistaken for its sweeter, more potent post-dinner counterpart, the digestif or digestivo. Traditionally dry, herbaceous, pleasingly bitter and low in alcohol, this refreshment is meant to open the palate and stimulate the appetite in preparation for a meal.

Adopt this stylish ritual at your next party by serving an Aperol Spritz or any of these deliciously bittersweet cocktails — each one makes for the perfect start to a big feast.