Whether you're looking to jazz up a little bubbly with bitters and citrus or whet your appetite with an unusual aperitif, here's a little cocktail recipe inspiration for Thanksgiving day.
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Telegraph, the handsome, Europhilic wine bar that looks out on Chicago's Logan Square, turns one this month. And for the first year of its existence, the beverage program at Telegraph was largely focused on grape juice hailing from the Old World. In other words, no cocktails. But on the eve of the big anniversary, that all changed. Here's a first look at Telegraph's new cocktails, along with the recipes for those of you playing along at home.
It's time to officially bring back the aperitif. I'm not talking happy-hour margaritas here, but light, appetite-whetting refreshments to sip (ideally outside) at dusk. Something a little bitter and not too boozy—the perfect aperitif doesn't even really need to include a strong spirit, just some aromatized wine or amaro, sometimes a dash of soda or tonic, just the thing to ease into evening (and accompany a plate of appetizers.) Here are 5 delicious recipes for aperitif cocktails to make at home.
The classic Kina Cocktail called for Kina Lillet, which no longer exists. Instead of the sweeter and less-bitter modern Lillet Blanc, this modern version calls for Cocchi Americano, which has Chinchona bark for bitterness. A dash of dry sherry complements that bitterness and adds nutty richness and a golden hue.
This aperitif cocktail will appeal to those who would normally order a wine spritzer or kir royale, but it has a lovely bitterness from Dubonnet Rouge, an aromatized wine that contains quinine, herbs, and spices.
This spin on a Pimm's cup uses a good dose of Aperol, and is named for an old Aperol advertisement that claimed that Aperol was good for maintaining your slim figure.
This refreshingly bitter aperitif cocktail from The Modern in NYC is a variation on the Americano. It calls for saffron-tinted Strega, an herbal liqueur produced in Benevento, Italy (for which this cocktail is named.)