Not out of place in a James Bond movie, Cocchi Americano is an aperitif with style, substance and more than a little spice. The boldness of its orange flavour is matched note for note by the quinine bitterness that makes it a popular and distinctive aperitif. Cloves and cinnamon can be tasted through the orange and a strong woody end note leaves an enjoyable aftertaste, leaving a satisfying bitterness in the mouth.
Cocchi Americano Rosa is a blend of two aromatic grape varieties, Brachetto and Malvasia, herbs, fruits and spices. These include gentian, cinchona, ginger and rose petals. Enjoy with tonic or soda and grapefruit zest, or in sparkling wine.
Kamm & Sons offers the best of British in a highly aromatic and distinctive aperitif. Created by cocktail maestro and dedicated drinks Greek Alex Kammerling, Kamm & Sons Ginseng is brewed using the same methods as gin and includes a wide range of natural botanicals, 45 in fact, including four different types of ginseng root. Distinctly sharp and sweet, a relatively low ABV means you can enjoy Kamm & Sons neat over ice or in one of Kammerling’s signature cocktails.
We already loved Kamm & Sons British Aperitif, made with 45 botanicals such as grapefruit peel, ginseng, juniper, fennel seeds, hibiscus and goji berries. This limited edition has us very excited, though! The abv is a full 10% higher than the original and it's also been rested for 3 months in a barrel previous used to mature peated single malt Scotch whisky from Islay. The result is an earthier, woodier spirit, bringing out those notes from the wonderful assortment of botanicals, as well as a delicious peaty edge. Just 500 bottles have been produced with each one signed and numbered by Alex Kammerling himself.
Noix de la Saint Jean is a walnut liqueur from the Forcalquier distillery in Haute Provence, where the drink is traditionally taken as an aperitif, or as an accompaniment to blue cheese. The walnuts are picked on or before St. Jean's day (24th June) as they must be harvested while still unripe, before the shells start to harden. The St. Jean in question is known to us as John the Baptist.
Can you imagine lazing on a summer’s afternoon without your Pimm’s in hand? We think not so let’s raise a toast to Pimm’s No 1 the classic English summer drink. Traditionally served 3:1 with freshly made lemonade, cucumber, mint and strawberries, Pimm’s has a rich and fruity taste which simply screams summer. English through and through Pimm’s No 1 was invented in the City of London and spicy undertones lift the naturally fruitiness even further.
Taken from the Italian meaning ‘renowned’, this aperitivo from Piedmont uses aromatic ingredients including bergamot, rhubarb, vanilla and mandarin to create a fruity, floral drink that is perfect served with your favourite mixer or in a classic cocktail such as a Vesper or Negroni.
Rich aromas of orange peel, vanilla, gentian root, cinchona bark, and wormwood. An initial sweetness on the palate carries those aromas into a long and ever-intensifying bitter finish that remains in perfect balance with texture and spice.
Offering a delicate bitterness and a spicy aftertaste Suze is a famed French aperitif which is usually enjoyed neat. Modern consumers may prefer to add cola but it’s traditionally matches with tonic water or orange juice, as well as finding its way into many classic cocktails. A combination of gentian root and other specially selected botanicals, Suze finishes on a citric note which is refreshing and rounds of the drink perfectly, leaving only a bittersweet aftertaste.
While the folk at Ableforth's enjoy using some very elaborate equipment and complicated calculations just to make their morning coffee, there are times where they like to keep it simple. As such, their spectacularly flavourful Cherry Brandy is made using cherries and brandy - a change from most 'cherry brandies', which are made with neutral spirit and/or flavouring. Ableforth's use only the finest cherries and high-quality brandy from a rather famous region in France in their Cherry Brandy.
Ableforth's has done it again, and this time they've concocted the perfect Summer quaff. This fine spirit is crafted by macerating Strawberries, Cucumber, Orange and Mint in pure wheat spirit, before re-distilling it at room temperature in a vacuum still. To this, a blend of fine wines, spirits, fruits, herbs and spices are added, and the result is a fresh, fruity and superbly British tipple.
To serve Summer Fruit Cup - Ableforth's recommends first half-filling a highball glass with ice, sliced cucumber and orange, quartered strawberries and a lightly bruised sprig of fresh mint. Then carefully combine one part of the delicious Summer Fruit Cup with two parts of Lemonade.
Sipsmith London Cup is a refreshing and aromatic gin-based cup, inspired by the ubiquitous punches and cups found in 1800s London. By blending their award-winning London Dry Gin with Earl Grey tea, lemon verbena and borage, Sipsmith have given a traditional drink a touch of Sipsmithian flair. The result is a sublimely sippable cup full of character and with a truly unique flavour.
The nose: Burnt orange and hints of caramel, delicate cucumber and tea leaves.
The palate: Zesty marmalade giving way to rich herbaceous notes and traces of cherry, balanced with fresh meadowsweet.
The finish: Interwoven notes of scorched oak with bittersweet spice, undercurrents make for a refreshingly dry finish.
Like Lillet Blanc, the main grape variety in Lillet Rosé is Sémillon. These wines are combined with natural liqueurs, handcrafted in Podensac from sweet and bitter oranges and berries. It is this meticulously balanced blend that gives Lillet Rosé its delicate aromas. Colour: Brilliant rosé. Nose: Light aromas of berries, orange blossom and grapefruit. Mouth: Fresh, lively and fruity. Balanced structure. Slightly acidic. Finish: Long aromas.
Dubonnet has always been seen as the expression of a tradition and a French art de vivre admired the world over. Naturally flavoured by plants and spices, this elegant aperitif from France is patiently aged in oak barrels in cool, dark cellars.
Montifaud Pineau is a rare and much underappreciated aperitif produced in the Cognac region of France. The flavour is a combination of the freshest grape juice, from harvested Colombard grapes and effortlessly smooth cognac, delivering a flavour which is rich and of exceptional quality. The grape notes come through beautifully amongst the heat of the alcohol and it ends on an enjoyably light and sweet note.
Montifaud Pinneau is a rare and much underappreciated aperitif produced in the Cognac region of France. The flavour is a combination of the freshest grape juice, from harvested Colombard grapes and effortlessly smooth cognac, delivering a flavour which is rich and of exceptional quality. The grape notes come through beautifully amongst the heat of the alcohol and it ends on an enjoyably light and sweet note.
An aperitivo from Peychauds, makers of world-famous New Orleans Creole bitters! Great in refreshing summer drinks, for example mix with sparkling wine for tasty spritz.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Fairly classic character with bittersweet mandarin shining through as opposed to anything reminiscent of their bitters - overall comfortably more sweet than bitter.
0&40 Apéritif de Normandie is an innovative craft appetizer from a famous terroir of France: Normandie. Made exclusively with natural ingredient it brings back a very old French recipe using a blend of two apple based spirits known as pommeau and Calvados and a touch of rum. Ideal for cocktail mixing and as an appetizer!
A delightful floral and fresh aperitivo from Ramazotti, which has been producing bitter Amaro since 1815. This Aperitivo Rosato has seductive notes of hibiscus and orange blossoms alongside hints of basil. Try mixing 50ml of Rosato with 100ml of Prosecco, ice and a garnish of basil leaves for a delicious summer drink.