Chapter 1

APERITIFS:

CRAFT COCKTAILS TO WHET YOUR APPETITE

“ONE CANNOT THINK WELL, LOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL, UNLESS ONE HAS DINED WELL,” WROTE VIRGINIA WOOLF. SHE WAS RIGHT—BUT SHE FORGOT ONE THING: ONE MUST DRINK WELL, TOO. AND THAT’S WHERE APERITIFS COME IN. A PERFECTLY-CRAFTED PRE-DINNER COCKTAIL CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT NEARLY AMOUNTS TO MAGIC: IT CAN PREPARE YOUR PALATE (AND YOUR STOMACH) FOR AN EXCELLENT MEAL; IT CAN RESTORE DROOPING SPIRITS AFTER A LONG DAY AT THE OFFICE (AFTER ALL, YOU CAN’T ENJOY DINNER WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED OUT, CAN YOU?); AND IT’S A GREAT POTABLE PARTNER FOR FINGER FOOD LIKE TAPAS, HORS O’OEUVRES, OR OTHER NIBBLES.

And aperitifs have ...

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