An aperitif is an alcoholic drink served before food to stimulate the palate.
The word Apéritif is French, (the origins of which can be traced back to the Latin ‘apertura’ – ‘to open’) although the tradition of serving a drink before food originated in Italy.
An aperitif normally has a bitter element to it (wormwood, gentian, quinine, etc.) – this is what stimulates the palate and gets the gastric juices flowing, which in turn prepares our stomachs for food.
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