Drink Up: Aperitivo

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Pre-dinner drinks

Aperitivo, happy hour’s spiritual ancestor, is creeping back into vogue. The custom can be traced back to Italy in the late 18th century, when a Turin distiller named Antonio Benedetto Carpano steeped herbs in wine to create vermouth, jump-starting a ritual of sipping bittersweet drinks before dinner. So notes Kay Plunkett-Hogge in the book “Aperitivo: Drinks and Snacks for the Dolce Vita” (Mitchell Beazley, 2017) which cinches together notes on vermouth and bittersweet cocktail with recipes for pre-dinner nibbles. The pre-dinner custom has been trending on social media, and light, fizzy aperitivo cocktails are multiplying across drinks menus. Just keep it light — such as this twist on a Negroni.

Combine 2 ounces each of Campari and red vermouth over ice in a rocks glass, and top with prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice or twist. Makes 1 drink.

Corin Hirsch, Newsday