Find me some cocktails that are good before dinner.

Cocktail Colin says:

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I have found a few cocktails that would be perfect as an aperitif before dinner. These cocktails are light, refreshing, and have a balanced combination of flavors that will stimulate your appetite.
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You asked: best aperitif cocktails before dinner. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.


The Appletini, also known as an Apple Martini, is a popular cocktail that offers a twist on the traditional martini...

Vodka (60ml), Apple liqueur (30ml), Sour Mix (Dash)

3 ingredients
4.9 / 5

Spritz Al Bitter

Spritz Al Bitter is a light and refreshing cocktail that originated in Italy. Its name comes from the main ingredient,...

Soda water (20ml), Champagne / prosecco (60ml), Campari (40ml)

3 ingredients
4.57 / 5


The Primrose cocktail is a bright and botanical blend perfect for those who appreciate a harmonious mix of fruit and...

Lemon Juice (15ml), Dry gin (45ml), Aperol (30ml), Elderflower Liqueur (22.5ml), Peach Bitters (Dash)

5 ingredients
4.39 / 5

Aperol Sour

The Aperol Sour cocktail is a vibrant and tangy drink, perfect for those who enjoy a bitter yet refreshingly sweet...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Aperol (60ml)

3 ingredients
4.38 / 5

Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz is a classic Italian cocktail that has gained widespread popularity in recent years. Hailing from Venice, Italy,...

Soda water (Dash), Champagne / prosecco (60ml), Orange liqueur (45ml)

3 ingredients
4.37 / 5

Intro to Aperol

The Intro to Aperol cocktail is a vibrant and citrus-forward drink that showcases the unique flavors of Aperol, a bitter...

Lemon Juice (22.5ml), Gin (30ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Aperol (60ml)

5 ingredients
4.37 / 5

Spritz Veneziano

Spritz Veneziano is a classic Italian cocktail that originated in Venice, Italy in the 19th century. It is a refreshing...

Soda water (Splash), Champagne / prosecco (60ml), Aperol (40ml)

3 ingredients
4.2 / 5


The Palpatini is a cocktail that combines the robust and earthy notes of tequila with the sweet, dark berry flavors...

Tequila (30ml), Creme De Cassis (15ml), Vodka (60ml)

3 ingredients
3.9 / 5


The Midnitini is a cocktail that combines the clear, strong foundation of vodka with the festive effervescence of champagne, and...

Vodka (240ml), Champagne / prosecco (120ml), White Grape Juice (240ml)

3 ingredients
3.68 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What is an aperitif?

An aperitif is a type of drink usually served before a meal to stimulate appetite. It is often light and slightly bitter.

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When should I serve an aperitif?

An aperitif is typically served 15-30 minutes before a meal. It helps to prepare the palate and stimulate digestion.

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What are some common ingredients in aperitif cocktails?

Common ingredients in aperitif cocktails include spirits like gin, vodka, and prosecco, as well as bitters, citrus juices, and herbal liqueurs.

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Why are bitters used in aperitif cocktails?

Bitters are used in aperitif cocktails to enhance the drink's complexity and stimulate digestive enzymes, which helps to prepare the stomach for a meal.

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Can I serve an aperitif cocktail at a casual dinner party?

Yes, aperitif cocktails are perfect for any kind of dinner party. They set a pleasant tone and stimulate guests' appetites, making them ideal for both formal and casual gatherings.

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