If you are someone who loves cocktails and its varieties, you must be aware of aperitifs aka additions to cocktails that can drastically change the game. Here are five of the best aperitifs we should all have at our home bars to whip out the coolest cocktails. It isn’t as complex as you think it would be.
A good substitute for those who don’t enjoy the strong flavour of absinthe, pastis is heavily steeped in anise. With a strong flavour of black liquorice, this mixer is translucent in the bottle but turns white as you add water. Just a glass of cold water with some orange peel and a few dashes of pastis makes for the perfect cocktail.
Cynar is a bitter yet delightful aperitif that can add a much-needed oomph factor to your cocktails. If you aren’t a fan of sweet vermouth, this can be your go-to mixer. Thanks to its somewhat obscure nature, this liqueur blends very well with every spirit.
Anything Italian is just delicious and Campari is no different. Popularized via the cocktail – negroni, Campari is a delicious mix between bitter and sweet. With essences of roots, herbs and other botanicals, this aperitif is very versatile. It compliments anything from a Negroni to Americano and any scotch-based cocktails.
Although quite similar to Campari, Aperol becomes unique with its subtlety and zesty nature. A quintessential part of almost all modern cocktails, Aperol is a much harmless yet impactful cocktail mixer.
Pimm’s No. 1
It’s fruity and refreshing, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not potent. With a 25% ABV, Pimm’s can be consumed just over ice as a summer cocktail. It tastes even better with lemonade, soda and other mixers. Basically any tropical cocktail you want to consume, this is what you need to get your hands on.