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Aperitifs for starters

Published:Thursday | July 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Aperol and Prosecco. - Contributed Photo
An aperitif is a perfect starter.
Jason Clarke
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Jason Clarke, Contributor

If you are like me, then during the course of your life, you have encountered the word 'aperitif' (ah-pair-ee-TEEF), and wondered what it was. Essentially, an aperitif is a cocktail or alcoholic beverage that is served before a meal with the explicit purpose of kick-starting your appetite to indulge in delicious delicacies.

The best way to start a dinner party is with a starter cocktail. Champagne or other sparkling is always a great starter - especially while you wait for everyone to arrive and head to the dining table. I have found a prosecco to be a perfect value option, and the allure of bubbles in a glass is always captivating.

As far as cocktails go, nothing beats Aperol, which is bitter sweet and particularly refreshing. A very popular aperitif of the Italians, it is also becoming very popular in our local market. It's the baby brother to the well-known Campari, which some may argue is an acquired taste. Aperol and Ting happens to be a delightfully refreshing cocktail which is only 11 per cent alcohol, so it's certainly light enough to be enjoyed before dinner. For summertime gatherings, it's a great way to cool down and open your appetite for what is to unfold. There are variations in how you can enjoy it - one option is having it with a prosecco, which is also quite delightful and refreshing. I personally enjoy the sweetness of the Ting, that really makes it perfect for me.

I know not many bars may have it yet, but I have gone to dinner in Market Place and enjoyed it at the bar before heading into one of the eateries. Give it a try and taste something new and interesting.

I am not an expert, merely a wine enthusiast sharing my thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share your own experiences at wineenthusiastja@gmail.com.