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

Tempus Fugit Gran Classico Bitter Liqueur
97 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of cardamom, cardoons, cedar, saffron, rhubarb, and ginseng with a round, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, long hints of carob, butterscotch, and cola finish. A rich, stylish bitter Liqueur that opens the palate; complex and spicy, this Aperitivo will complement a wide array of spirits and most any moment.
97 points $48.28
Tempus Fugit Kina LAero DOr Aperitif Liqueur
96 points
Gold color. Complex aromas of Seville oranges, marmalade, oregano, chamomile jelly, fennel, and ginger-peach tea with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long hints of gentian, honey, caramel, and orris root finish. A very appealing, highly balanced Aperitivo that’s easy to love; spritz and cocktail away with this deliciously refreshing Liqueur.
96 points $47.13
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
Nonino LAperitivo Botanical Liqueur
87 points
Gold color. Aromas of lemon zest, sage, lime cordial, toasted hazelnuts, and golden tomato with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length ginger scone and orange peel finish. A solid Herbal Liqueur with distinctive savory notes that set it apart.
87 points $39.99
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.