About Aperitivo

About Aperitivo
Broadly speaking, an aperitivo drink is any beverage intended to "open up the palate" and is drunk before a meal. An aperitivo liqueur is typically bitter, light, and served in spritz with sparkling wine and/or mineral water. Campari and Aperol are two well-known products in this category.

Top Picks for Aperitivo

Select Aperitivo Liqueur
91 points
Neon red color. Complex aromas of bitter orange, cinnamon, gentian, baked peach, ginger powder, ginseng tincture, coriander, and cardamom with a satiny, bright, bittersweet medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long black licorice, strawberry tisane, grapefruit pith, and vanilla finish. A very attractive bitter liqueur with loads of complex spices that will make excellent spritzes and aperitivo cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best Aperitivo
91 points $29.99
Galliano LAperitivo Liqueur
88 points
Best Buy
Light red color. Herbal aromas and flavors of gentian, bitter orange, grapefruit zest, cinnamon, watermelon rind, dandelion, and lemon lime soda with a glycerous, soft, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with notes of raspberry leaf finish. A solid bitter liqueur to open up the palate in pre-dinner cocktails.
88 points $17.99 Best Buy
Rosa 22 Rosé Aperitivo Liqueur
84 points
Brilliant pink coral color. Confected aromas of watermelon candies, strawberry gummies, bitter orange, and cinnamon sun tea with a glycerous, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk apple confection, sugar cube, and peach gummies finish. A very sweet and fruity cocktail ingredient with a hint of bitter orange character; a fine introduction to the aperitivo liqueur for the uninitiated.