An aperitivo is an alcoholic beverage usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite and is therefore usually dry rather than sweet.
Aperitivos or apéritif in France, became widespread in Italy during the nineteenth century Italy. They were commonly served in, where they were fashionable cafés, such as in Turin (where modern Vermouth originates from), Rome, Genoa, Florence, Milan and Venice.
The popularity of apertivos throughout Europe grew during the nineteenth century. By 1900 it had crossed the Atlantic, with apéritif becoming common in the United States.
Common choices for an apéritif are vermouth, champagne, pastis, gin, rakı, fino, amontillado or s styles of dry sherry any still, dry, light white wine.
In Italy, vermouth or wine may be served as the aperitivo. Martini, Aperol Spritz, Select Aperitivo, and Campari with soda are also popular aperitivo drinks of choice.
In France, the apéritifs vary across the country. pastis is popular in the South, whilst Calvados brandy is more commonly taken in the northern Normandy region and Crémant d’Alsace in the east. Champagne wine or Cognac may also be served. Kir, also called Blanc-cassis, a very popular apéritif-cocktail made with crème de cassi s(blackcurrant liqueur) topped with white wine. The Kir Royal is when white wine is replaced with Champagne. A simple glass of red wine, such as young Beaujolais can also be an apéritif, often accompanied by amuse-bouches.
In the Eastern Mediterranean, arak is usually served with mezze.
In Britain and Ireland sherry and dry madeira are are traditional apéritifs.
Popular types of aperitif include Vermouth, champagne, pastis, Calvados, still dry light white wine, Kir, fino, dry or Madeira sherry, arak, raki.
There are a number of cocktails which can be served as an aperitif, such as Select Aperitivo.
Aperitifs are popular across Europe, particularly in France, Spain and Italy.
Select was created in 1920 in the Castello district of Venice. When the popularity of the aperitif began to spread, the Spritz soon became a favorite, establishing Select as the star of the Venetian cocktail scene. Today Select is enjoyed in more than 50 countries as the main ingredient of the original Venetian Spritz.Learn more