Sant The ap ritif is back. Forget the crass cocktail - the chic ap ritif is the choice of the discerning drinker. From the Latin aperire ('to open'), an ap ritif not only kick-starts the palate but is the most delightful way to begin an evening. More and more people are falling for the charms of this light, refreshing, and aromatic way of drinking, and bars dedicated to ap ritifs are opening around the world. Characterized by their dryness, freshness, and bitter flavors, many ap ritifs are also low in alcohol, making them a perfect choice for health-conscious barflies. In Ap ritif, acclaimed drinks writer Kate Hawkings romps through the history of how these drinks came into being across the great drinking nations of Europe and beyond. And after a look at the science of why these drinks work so well as appetizers, she peruses anything and everything that can be considered as an ap ritif: what it is, what to look for, and how best to drink it. From amaro to gin, through spritzes to Campari and Lillet, and with suggested recipes or serving suggestions for each kind of booze, Ap ritif encourages you to sit back, sip, and anticipate the pleasures that the evening holds.
Kate Hawkings has a monthly drinks column in Olive magazine, and has written on food, travel and interiors for publications including the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Sunday Times, and Elle Deco. Kate is a restaurant and wine consultant and is current Chair of the Guild of Food Writers.
SHORTLISTED 2019 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards