'aperitifs' on Serious Eats

What's the Deal with Cocchi Aperitivo Americano?

Cocchi (pronounced "COKE-ey", not "COACH-ey") Americano has made itself comfortable in craft-cocktail bars across the country since its wide-scale release in mid-2010. Largely unheard of only a year ago, and still a boutique novelty in the cities where it has popped up, Cocchi has nevertheless turned the heads of scores of bartenders and thousands of curious drinkers in just a few short months, sparking stories in the several publications recently. So what's the deal? More

Lower-Alcohol Cocktails Catch On

Often made with a base of vermouth or another aperitif wine, low-octane cocktails are popping up around the country. Aromatized wines such as vermouth and quinquinas have an elaborate complexity of flavor, so a cocktail based on these wines can have a robust character without the alcoholic firepower to knock you off your barstool. More

Time for a Drink: Dubonnet Cocktail

Sometimes known as the Zaza, the Dubonnet Cocktail dates to around 1914. A simple mixture of dry gin and the French aperitif wine called Dubonnet, the Dubonnet Cocktail has the oomph you look for in a cocktail along with the mild bitter edge that makes it perfect as a pre-dinner drink. More

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