Booze menus might as well be written in Martian. I’m starting to learn the things that I like, but I don’t really drink enough to have developed a deep understanding of different alcohol types, tastes or words.
The first libation related Word of the Week is (boozy drumroll, please): Aperitif!
An aperitif, according to Webster is, “an alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer.”
That sounds fine and all, but I like Jim Nelson’s description more. He writes, “An aperitif (the word comes from the Latin aperire, “to open”) is a light, most often dry, most often modestly alcoholic beverage meant to spark the appetite without overwhelming the senses.” Nelson goes on to list some of his favorite aperitifs, whose recipes are often secretly guarded, such as Campari and Lillet.
Aperitifs are often not as sweet as other drinks, the idea being to wake the senses and ready oneself for dinner. Though I am a notorious hummingbird when it comes to drinks, I would love to jump on this particular bandwagon and try to broaden my horizons. To that end, I would love to make it to one of the places highlighted in The Boston Commons list of great places for an aperitif. Check them out here. The only one from this list I’ve been to so far is Posto, and I was more interested in their chili infused oil than their drink selection that night.
For one more article extolling the joys of the aperitif, check out this 2003 article from Anthony Giglio, writer at Boston Magazine here.
“Aperitif.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aperitif
Nelson, Jim. “Spirits: The Art of the Aperitif.” Food & Wine. Time Inc., May 2002. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. <http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/spirits-the-art-of-the-aperitif>.