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)


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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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