Apéritif comes from the Latin aperire, "to open." As a prelude to good food, an apéritif is a before dinner drink. An apéritif is meant to cleanse the palette, and whet your appetite for the sumptuous meal that awaits you. Cocktail hours are the relaxing turning point of the work day into dinner. What better way to unwind and enjoy than with a refreshing apéritif?

Aperitifs can be wine, champagne, cocktails, a liqueur, such as Campari, or combinations of these. Bitters is often a key ingredient in an apéritif. Some say that beer is even a natural apéritif. Of course, having an idea of what the menu is going to be will probably sway your choice of apéritifs.

Bay Breeze
Vodka, Pineapple & Cranberry Juice

Bloody Mary
Vodka, Tomato Juice & Spices

Cape Codder
Vodka, Cranberry Juice with Lime

Cuba Libre
Rum, Cola & Lime

Rum & Lime Juice

Vodka & Grapefruit Juice

Lynchburg Lemonade
Jack Daniels, Triple Sec, Sour & Sprite

Tequila, Triple Sec & Lime Juice

Whiskey, Ginger Ale & Soda

Vodka & Orange Juice

Vodka, Grapefruit & Cranberry Juice

Tom Collins
Gin, Sour, Soda & Fruit

After Dinner Drinks

Coffee Cocktails
Coffee with a Liqueur & Whipped Cream

Brandy Alexander
Brandy, Creme de Cacao & Cream

Vodka & Amaretto

Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao & Cream

Pink Squirrel
Creme de Noyaux, Creme de Cacao & Cream

Pousse Café
Layered Cordials to have with Coffee

Rusty Nail
Scotch & Drambuie

Kahlua & Cream

Brandy & White Creme de Menthe

Velvet Hammer
Vodka, Creme de Cacao & Cream