AperitivoMADE BY LEOPOLD BROS. IN DENVER, COLORADO
If you’re on the hunt for an all-natural, indie Campari to slide into your cocktail routine, look no further than Leopold Bros.’s vibrant aperitivo.
This classic Italian spirit style, also known as aperitif, was conceived as a pre-dinner drink to open the palate with bright, bitter, Mouth-watering flavors. Todd and Scott Leopold center their spirit around gentian root (bitter), grapefruit peel, coriander (bright) and cane sugar (sweet!). A few other fragrant, flowering botanicals are added to the powerfully aromatic mix, but what’s most stunning is the almost blinding red color.
That crimson pigment is actually from a naturally occurring food coloring you’ve seen in your strawberry yogurt: cochineal, or insect dye. Don’t let that bug you, because it means this small-batch spirit was made without chemicals or artificial anything.
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Listen to your brothers: They recommend mixing a Negroni! Pick up The Negroni Kit for all the navy-strength gin, aperitivo and vermouth you’ll need for a life full of refreshing citrusy cocktails.