ABOUT THE BOOK
The French have perfected the casual, pre-dinner practice of drinks and snacks. Not only that, they’ve devoted an entire bar cart of bottles to it: apéritifs. Think Suze, Lillet, Picon, Byrrh, Pastis, and so on with the beautifully designed bottles. Since the word apéritif refers to both the actual bottles as well as the drinks made with them, Apéritif: Cocktail Hour the French Way starts with a historical (but totally fun!) deep dive into the history of the greats before moving on to 60 drink recipes that put said bottles to good/delicious use. The book version of business in the front, party in the back, if you will.
Drink recipes are influenced by both Old World and New, but are always low fuss, low alcohol by volume (ABV), and served barely embellished—an easy feat to pull off for even the most anxious of home hosts. And, because no apéritif-peddling French person in their right mind would serve a glass sans bite, there are also plenty (40 if you’re counting) of simple, delicious snack recipes to pair at will.
Written and sized to be part of the home bar, Apéritif: Cocktail Hour the French Way is designed to take you deep into the heart of French apéritifs, highlighting the bottles, drinks, snacks, and French-inflected magic that transform an early evening drink into something enchanted.