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How about an Aperitif such as Ricard Pastis or Campari
The Purveyor was watching Something For the Weekend on BBC2 this morning, on playback – I have to confess I’m a bit of a fan – mainly because of the Cocktail section (and maybe the gadgets too). They were talking about Aperitifs or as they say in Italy, Aperitivo.
I’ve often thought that we don’t do aperitifs enough in this country. So what is an Aperitif? Well essentially a drink, an alcoholic drink to be precise, that is consumed before a meal i.e. lunch or dinner, with the intention of stimulating the taste buds and getting the gastric juices flowing, which will ultimately help with digestion (although there may also be a digestif consumed post meal too)
Products such as Campari which are Aperitifs as are products like Pastis. Traditionally in the UK there may have been a glass of sherry consumed prior to eating, but other such products have never really caught on …..yet. Here at The Purveyor, we believe that Aperitifs should be given their rightful place and indulged accordingly, sensibly of course.
That said , Champagne is probably the most widely recognised Aperitif, although it isn’t exclusively an Aperitif.
So before you sit down to your evening meal today, consider an Aperitif ……..