Rosso Antico The New Aperitivo

by Madeleine Borgersen

As someone with Italian heritage and parents that own restaurants I’ve been a fan of aperitifs since I could pronounce the word.

Rosso Antico The New Aperitivo

Popular in Europe, aperitifs are alcoholic beverages served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Some examples would be campari, vermouth, gin – even champagne which is a more popular choice over here.

If you’ve never been a huge aperitif consumer in the past, this newcomer might be just the ticket to change your ways.

Rosso Antico (Ancient Red in Italian) is a bitter-sweet drink that can be consumed straight, on the rocks or mixed to create a range of tasty cocktails.

Think mixing it with orange segments and tonic, or ginger beer and lime. It even plays nicely with your other favourites including vodka, gin and rum!

Here’s three of my favourite combo’s to turn Rosso Antico into a simple and classic cocktail:

Antichissimo cocktail

  • 1/3 Rosso Antico
  • 1/3 Gin
  • 1/3 Orange Juice
  • Top up with tonic water.

Serve on the rocks with a slice of lemon

Gold Lion (Roawr!)

  • 2/3 Rosso Antico
  • 1/3 Gin
  • Juice of half a lemon, juice of an orange.

Decorate with a twig of mint.

Italian Sunrise (Katut’s favourite too!)

  • 2/5 Rosso Antico
  • 2/5 Dark rum
  • 1/5 Grapefruit Juice

A few drops of orange juice. Shake. Decorate with a cherry.

The possibilites are endless. It’s definitely a new staple to have in your cupboard for a quiet night in over some cheese and antipasti or for the start of a fiesta at your house.

What’s your favourite pre-meal drink? Are you a gin and tonic goer or a more standard beer or sparkling?

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