The Sweet and The Bitter: Ambrosia Aperitivo

If you’re new to embracing the Italian style of aperitifs, the new Ambrosia Aperitivo is a good place to start. It’s on the sweeter end of the bittersweet style, with an emphasis on aromatics and flavorings including blood orange, cantaloupe and a variety of botanicals.

This drink was developed in 1908 when “Don Ciccio & Figli” was a family living in a small village near Naples. They emigrated to the US after their town and lemon groves were decimated in the 1980 Irpinia earthquake, and later decided to start a company based on their family recipes for drinks. It’s also a tribute to their grandfather “Don Ciccio.”

Ambrosia is the latest iteration in this line, and you can simply pour it over ice and top with tonic water, perhaps adding a twist of orange or lemon. We enjoyed it in a cocktail with Punt e Mes, fresh lemon slices and some very good vodka – mixed, poured over ice and topped with tonic water.

WHO: Don Ciccio & Figli

WHAT: Ambrosia Aperitivo

HOW MUCH: around $40 (media sample)