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|Aperitif reference||Type of aperitif||Sélection|
|White wine||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented white grapes||Discover best white wine|
|Red wine||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented red grapes||Discover best red wine|
|Rosé wine||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented red and white grapes||Discover best rosé wine|
|Porto||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented red grapes|
|Champagne||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented white grapes||Discover best champagne|
|Rose champagne||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented white and red grapes||Discover rosé champagne|
|Prosecco||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented white grapes|
|Cognac||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from white grapes||Discover best cognac brandy|
|Gin||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from genever||Discover best gin|
|Rum||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from sugar cane||Discover best rum|
|Vodka||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from potato||Discover best vodka|
|Cachaca||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from sugar cane||Discover best cachaca|
|Tequila||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from agave||Discover best tequila|
|Whisky||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from cereals||Discover best whisky|
|Sake||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from rice||Discover best sake|
|Armagnac||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from white grapes||Discover best armagnac|
|Calvados||Spirits – Distilled aperitif made from white grapes||Discover best calvados|
|Liquor||Spirits – aperitif made from fruits, seeds, spices, plants or dairy products|
|Vermouth||Wine – Fermented aperitif made from fermented white and red grapes|
|Pastis||Perfumed aperitif made with anise and licorice|
The ritual of the aperitif
An aperitif is a snack served before the meal in certain cultures, it is composed of light food and alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. In fact, the word aperitif comes from the Latin “apertivus” derived from “aperire” which means to open. Drinks are often accompanied by appetizers and nibbles such as pistachios, crisps and peanuts or other assortments like morsels of fruit and vegetables, olives, tapas, cold meat and cheese. Pre-dinner drinks are often drunk after a toast, according to the tradition. Generally, drinks made from plants known to be suitable for aperitifs, like anis are chosen. Anis being associated to alcohols like Ricard or Pastis.
Aperitifs and liqueurs are different according to whether they are served before or after the meal.
The “aperitif dinner” can also be mentioned, which turns the aperitif into a meal by increasing the amount of food. The aperitif then becomes the meal. Antipasti in Italy or tapas in Spain, Mezze in the Lebanon and Greece are all types of “aperitif dinner”.
The most popular aperitifs are:
- The anise flavoured like Pastis, Anisette or Pontarlier
- Aperitifs made from wine, for example ABV or Martini
- Sweet wine such as Red wine, White wine or Champagne
The Aperitif in starred gastronomic restaurants
In the most prestigious starred gastronomic restaurants, the aperitif is one of the unconditional moments of the meal. It is like the preface to an open book, where you discover appetizers which are samples of the skill of the restaurant. Chefs in gastronomic restaurants open the customers’ appetite with creations which are not only delicious but also extremely attractive. As for wine waiters in gastronomic restaurants, they offer different alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.
Pre-dinner drinks in gastronomic restaurants
There is a considerable amount of aperitifs served in starred gastronomic restaurants.
First of all, wine is one of the alcohols the most frequently consumed in gastronomic restaurants. Red wine, Rosé wine, White wine and Champagne are very popular with customers in well-known gastronomic establishments. Rose Champagne is also an original idea for a pre-dinner drink.
The aperitif is an enjoyable moment which should open your appetite. It is therefore the custom to select an alcohol which is served cold. For this reason, strong alcoholic drinks are frequently consumed. Pastis is one of the unconditional aperitifs even if it is rarely proposed on the wine menu of gastronomic restaurants like the other anise flavoured drinks.
Whisky and rum are also Spirits which can be consumed as an aperitif. These alcohols are often present on the wine list of gastronomic restaurants and sommeliers prefer Spirits which have been aged and whose flavour is more pronounced.
Brandy Armagnac, Cognac and Calvados can also be served as an aperitif and found on the wine list of gastronomic restaurants. They can be consumed as an aperitif or a liqueur and are part of the traditional alcohols more and more appreciated by people in search of authentic locally made drinks.
Finally, gastronomic restaurants are known to serve cocktails. They either respect traditional recipes or twist them according to the barman’s inspiration. Some chefs in gastronomic restaurants propose original cocktails they have imagined themselves. Cachaca, Tequila, Vodka, Gin can be used to make cocktails. However, there are a lot of purists who prefer to drink these alcohols pure when they are the best quality brands and references.
Regularly discover on this page suggestions for aperitifs. We will share with you our list of traditional aperitifs, along with the new and original ones, as we consult the wine list of each gastronomic restaurant. Above all, we will direct you to the brands and references of alcohols selected by chefs and sommeliers in gastronomic restaurants. Wines and spirits present on the wine list of the most prestigious names in gastronomy so that you may find and buy the greatest aperitif.
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