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.
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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.)