Have you ever walked into your favorite bar, scanned the shelves behind the bartender, and wondered what some of those bottles are? Even a dedicated alcologist such as myself will sometimes find himself sitting at a bar, looking at a menu, and thinking, "Well, there's an ingredient I've never heard of."
'aperitif wines' on Serious Eats
Here's a good formula: take aromatized or fortified wine, serve on the rocks. Wanna get fancy? Add a splash of soda. (Ok, it's not that fancy. But it is delicious.)
You can adjust this drink to your taste—the Classico cocktail calls for equal parts Cocchi Americano and soda, though we like it with less.