Drinks & Appetizers
There are about twenty classic aperitifs in all and just as there is no kitchen without fire, there is no bar without ice.
The strength of the flame in the kitchen is essential as if you don’t need its full heat, you can easily turn it down. Ice is the same. When preparing drinks, the ice cubes must be large and used straight from the freezer as otherwise you run the risk of watering down the cocktail ingredients.
There are four basic tastes in a bar: sweet, sour, bitter and dry.
Salt exists only in the Margarita cocktail.
At home, a good cocktail or drink is an excellent way of breaking the ice before sitting down to a meal. It is the first step towards all the enjoyment and intimacy that a dinner party can bring.
There are five basic cocktail ingredients:
and they must never be mixed together.
Each of these is used to make one cocktail and one long drink.
Having a little snack before an intimate gathering or even a family meal starts things off on a festive note. Or for an exciting and modern twist, consider serving simply small plates and cocktails and beverages for your next get-together and skip the sit-down meal altogether.
In ITALY appetizers are called “antipasti” wich means before the meal.
Take good care of antipasti…unless the meali s a relatively light one, serve just a little of these tempting dishes.
Whatever you choose, get creative !