Posted: Sep 20, 2013 11:00 AM
 
The cocktail hour has started and you're trying to decide what to drink. If it's before dinner, whet your appetite with an aperitif. If it's after dinner, get the digestive juices flowing with a digestif. Either way, you'll be happy you fixed yourself a drink.

Aperitifs

An aperitif is a pre-meal beverage that is supposed to stimulate the appetite. They are typically dry and can be as simple as a glass of dry white wine or as complex as a cocktail. Spirits such as Campari, Lillet and vermouth are all popular as aperitifs.

Aperitifs: Campari Spritz

Campari spritz

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Campari
  • 1 ounce club soda
  • 2 to 3 ounces prosecco
  • Slice of orange for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a rocks or wine glass with ice. Add prosecco, club soda and Campari.
  2. Garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy!

Aperitifs: Lillet vive

Lillet vive

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces Lillet Blanc
  • 3 ounces tonic
  • 1 slice of cucumber, a strawberry and a sprig of mint for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a wine glass with ice. Add Lillet Blanc and top with tonic.
  2. Garnish with a slice of cucumber, a strawberry and a sprig of mint.

Digestifs

Digestifs are served after meals and help stimulate digestion, especially useful if you've had a big dinner and are feeling very full. They are typically sweet drinks and can be heavier in alcohol content than aperitifs. Cognac, brandy and Chartreuse can all be enjoyed in after-dinner drinks.

Digestifs: Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce crème de cacao (white)
  • 1 ounce crème de menthe (green)
  • 1 ounce fresh cream

Directions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Digestifs: Godmother

Godmother

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Disaronno amaretto

Directions:

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour all ingredients into the glass and stir gently.

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