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What is an Aperitif?

Created March 12, 2021
An aperitif is an alcoholic beverage (that is usually dry rather than sweet) and served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Typically this is served alongside hors d'oeuvres. Cheers to that!

Kinds of Aperitifs

While there isn't one drink that’s always served as an aperitif cocktail, common examples include champagne, vermouth, gin, ouzo, dry sherry, and pastis. This is due to their dry taste.

Let’s dive into some examples:


Did you know that vermouth is not, in fact, a spirit but classified as a wine? Some of the common tasting notes include herbs such as lavender, rose, marjoram, ginger and spices such as cinnamon. Given its flavor profile, vermouth pairs well with many classic snacks such as breadsticks, flatbreads and nuts. Try our Garlic-Herb Breadsticks With Creamy Parmesan Dip with a vermouth aperitif.


This anise-flavored brandy liquor is produced from grape must (or also known as the remnants of winemaking) and has a tasting profile of black licorice. To be considered authentic Ouzo, it can only be made in Greece or Cyprus and is closely linked to the Greek culture. Due to Ouzo’s strong taste, it’s usually served diluted using water or ice and pairs well with olives, clams or sardines. Try Ouzo with our Olive Tapenade.

Dry Sherry

Here’s a fun fact: Sherry can only be made in a single place in the world, the wine-growing region of Jerez, Spain! This is because of the region's unique winds, humidity, soil and seasonal changes. The aromatic profile of sherry is hard to duplicate due to its nutty and salty aromas. Sherry should be chilled and serve this aperitif cocktail with tapas!


Take a trip to France with this classic French aperitif — Pastis, an anise-flavored liquor. Traditionally this is diluted with water and includes five parts water for one part Pastis. Due to the slight bitterness, Pastis perfectly works with olives, olive-based pastes or Bruschetta. Pour yourself a glass of Pastis and pair with our flavorful Bruschetta.

Now for the fun part, chose your aperitif drink and enjoy!