Literally the Italian apertivo is a predinner drink that is meant to stimulate your appetite but it has come to mean the entire ritual that goes along with it. Bring the Italian tradition of the classic apertivo into your life with these ideas. This post has been sponsored by Carpano Antica and San Giuseppe Salami.
It’s friday. I say that with a sigh of relief because this week has been what would consider to be one of the most difficult weeks that I’ve had lately. Cuddles is dealing with kidney issues again which means antibiotics once a day, an antacid twice a day, and trying to get him to eat something all day long. It’s stressful and messy. Stressful because we love him and messy because … well have you ever tried to give a 60 pound pit bull antacids? I hold his mouth shut and tip his head back so he’ll swallow as the white medicine cascades out the side of his mouth.
That would be bad enough but I am dealing with a particularly difficult client and, to top it off, I apparently had a large, ovarian cyst which burst. I’d never experienced that before and I hope I never will again. The pain was incredible and the doc says that because of the severity I am going to be sore for several days.
Sometimes we have weeks like that, you know? It’s not that we’ve been horrible or God hates us, it’s just part of being human. Crappy weeks. And that’s why I love, love, love the idea of the Italian Apertivo tradition.
Imagine yourself relaxing with friends over a light cocktail and some snacks before you eat dinner. It’s the perfect way to transition from business to casual!
The thing is? This is not a complex deal. Appetizers should be simple and the cocktails are generally just an ingredient or two. It took me a bit to figure out how I liked Carpano the best and I finally decided that my favorite was a very simple Carpano Antica and Soda. It’s clean, it’s pretty, and and it’s light. I’ll share the recipe below.
Did you know that Carpano Antica is the original Vermouth? Created in Italy in 1786 it has a complex flavor profile with rich, dark notes of licorice, herbs, figs, cocoa and sweet cinnamon.
Snacks are easy to put together. One of my favorites — crackers with chipotle fig jam, Brie, and a slice of pickled peppadew peppers. Sweet, spicy, tangy, crisp, silky… it’s an entire parade of flavors in every bite. Olives work well on an Apertivo table or tray, as do grapes, slices of San Giuseppe salami (both hot and sweet), and slices of a hard, salty cheese like Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Do not stress over this. The whole point of an apertiva is to relax and prepare yourself for dinner and a wonderful evening. It’s so much more civilized than out American way of preparing for dinner. You know — dealing with road rage in bumper to bumper traffic, waiting for 30 minutes in the express line at the grocery store, rushing in and trying to throw together a meal…
So, what do you think? Isn’t this a better way to make that transition from work to home? You need one more image to be convinced?
How’s that? If you can’t find Carpano Antica locally you can find it at Infinium Spirits online.
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- 1 ounce Carpano Antica
- 3 ounces chilled, (almost icy) club soda
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Mint leaves, , Maraschino cherries for garnish
- Fill a rocks glass with ice.
- Add the Carpano and top with the club soda.
- Add a dash of the bitters.
- Drop in a Maraschino cherry and a mint leaf if desiered
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