aper·​i·​tif | \ ə-ˌper-ə-ˈtēf How to pronounce aperitif (audio) , a-; ˌä-pər-(ə-)ˈtēf \

Definition of aperitif

: an alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer

Examples of aperitif in a Sentence

They served us champagne as an aperitif.
Recent Examples on the Web That led him and Nydam to riff on the idea until coming up with the spritz, which is a play on an Italian cocktail made from wine, soda (or sparkling water) and a bitter aperitif, such as Aperol, or an amaro. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Put that Malort face away! Malort Spritz is an accessible entry to Chicago’s most notorious spirit.," 2 Oct. 2020 Pernod Ricard, which distills Jameson whiskey and Absolut vodka as well as its namesake French aperitif brands, on Wednesday reported a 12% decline in recurring profits for its financial year through June 30. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Pernod Ricard Needs a Return to More Convivial Times," 2 Sep. 2020 The Grist Vineyard in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley is owned by Woody and Helena Hambrecht, makers of the popular Haus aperitif brand. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Petite Sirah, one of California’s most maligned wines, gets a lighter, better makeover," 1 Sep. 2020 With ingredients that include yuzu juice, fig concentrate, and extracts of lemon balm, rosemary and orange peel, Ghia is a non-alcoholic aperitif sold in 18.1 oz. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Trying to Drink Less in Quarantine? Sip on This Alcohol-Free Aperitif," 14 Aug. 2020 One caught my eye: a campaign from Haus, the Sonoma County aperitif producer, called the Restaurant Project. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Haus’ new aperitifs support shuttered San Francisco restaurants," 18 June 2020 The dominant note in this very light, mellow aperitif is shiso leaf, an ingredient that has been known to make appearances in Rich Table bar manager Larry Piaskowy’s cocktails. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Haus’ new aperitifs support shuttered San Francisco restaurants," 18 June 2020 This cocktail mixes the Italian aperitif with orange juice for a sweeter drink. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "7 Italian Cocktails That Are Delicious, Refreshing, and Perfect for Summer (Video)," 19 May 2020 Why not instead spend your hours in the warm company of your fellow citizens, reenacting timeless rituals of food and drink, the leisurely aperitif or the two-hour double espresso? Richard Leiby, Washington Post, "One last drink, maybe two? Inside one dive as Parisians say goodbye, for now, to their beloved bars and cafes," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of aperitif

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aperitif

borrowed from French apéritif, from apéritif, adjective, "aperient, stimulating appetite," going back to Old French aperitif "aperient," borrowed from Medieval Latin aperitīvus, variant of Late Latin apertīvus, from Latin apertus, past participle of aperīre "to open" + -īvus -ive — more at aperient

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The first known use of aperitif was in 1894

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7 Oct 2020

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“Aperitif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aperitif. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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: an alcoholic drink that people drink before eating a meal

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