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Aperitif, Home + Entertaining

Four Heavenly Holiday Aperitifs

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Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years we have many reasons to celebrate with a delicious cocktail or two. We cherish the ritual of serving an apéritif before dinner – it makes the occasion feel more special with a dash of elegance. Typically aperitifs are wine derivatives; light, crisp, dry drinks commonly made with Campari, Pernod, Pimm’s, Lillet, Vermouth, Dubonnet, Sherry, Prosecco, Cava and Champagne.  Here is a collection of light, refreshing drinks perfect to whet one’s appetite before dinner.
Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 6.26.44 PMProsecco Royale

  • 1/2 tsp of crème de cassis
  • Chilled Prosecco

Method: Pour 1/2 tsp of crème de cassis into 6 tall champagne flutes and top up with chilled Prosecco (1 bottle will serve 6).  Tip: Serve your apéritif with Stilton and sesame biscuits.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 6.34.28 PMFrench Gimlet

  • 2 parts Gin or Vodka
  • 1 part St-Germain®
  • 1/2 part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Method: Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Strain into a coupe of martini cocktail glass, and add a “spot of lime.”

 

 

 

 

prosecco campari and strawberryProsecco, Campari and Strawberry Aperitif
Serves: 6 people

  • 2 1/2 cups strawberries
  • 6 sugar cubes
  • 3 shots of St-Germain®
  • 3 shots of Campari
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco

Method

  1. Take six large champagne flutes and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Hull all the strawberries and chop and blend half of them. Strain the strawberry puree into a jug through a sieve, to eliminate the seeds. When ready to serve cocktails place a cube of sugar at the bottom of each glass, (if you prefer your cocktails less sweet then you can leave the sugar out).
  3. Pour half a shot of St. Germain into each glass, followed by half a shot of Campari and half a shot of strained strawberry puree. Open the Prosecco bottle and top each flute with fizzy wine. Mix with a cocktail stirrer and serve with the remaining strawberries.

 

The MontparnasseThe Montparnasse

  • 1 1/2 parts Calvados®
  • 3/4 part St-Germain®
  • 1/2 part Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 part Sauvignon Blanc

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish by floating a wafer-thin apple slice.

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Terry Dagrosa

Terry Dagrosa, founder and publisher of SeductionMeals.com. As President of Digital Marketing Collective and Tara del Mar Productions, she has extensive experience in sales, design, digital marketing and social media. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget, so we’re thrilled to introduce our very special and highly-talented contributors and friends.  They’ll share their mouth-watering recipes, cheeky anecdotes and delightfully creative perspectives with all of us. Be sure to check out their websites and follow them, too – we promise you’ll learn to love and cherish them as much as we do!" xoxo

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