When you’re having friends over for dinner, an aperitif is a welcoming way to get the good times flowing.
Traditionally served before dinner, an aperitif is typically dry (opposite of sweet), made with ingredients like vermouth, sherry (fortified white wine) or a dry white wine. It’s supposed to stimulate the appetite, like a digestif is served after dinner to aid digestion, and it’s an easy go-to cocktail to serve while everyone settles in.
I was recently flipping through Old Waldorf Bar Days, a classic cocktail book, when I found a recipe for The Adonis, a cocktail created at the iconic New York hotel the nineteenth century in honour of the first Broadway musical to run more than 500 nights.
It called for sweet (red) vermouth and orange peel but I didn’t have orange and accidentally used dry (white) vermouth so ended up making a completely different drink! However, I fell in love with the clear golden appearance and refreshing citrus aromatics. Absolutely divine.
Try it for yourself with this simple recipe below!
What You Need
- Mixing glass
- Bar spoon
- Chilled coupe glass
- 1.5oz Fino Sherry (I used Tio Pepe Palomino Fino)
- 1.5oz Dry Vermouth (I used Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Dry)
- Orange bitters (I used Angostura Orange)
- Fresh lemon peel
- Pour the sherry, vermouth and a couple dashes of orange bitters into the mixing glass over thick chunks of ice. Stir with the bar spoon for about 30 seconds.
2. Strain into the chilled coupe glass, ensuring no chunks of ice come out.
3. Slice a strip of lemon peel and twist to release the oils over the glass, then wipe over the rim and stem to impart more aroma before using as a garnish.
Voilà! A chic and easy before-dinner drink.
For someone who prefers something a little sweeter, this is the original Adonis, made with sweet red vermouth and orange peel.
I hope you give this one a try! What’s your go-to drink before dinner?