For centuries, over in Europe, people have started their evenings with a favourite aperitif. There are many to choose from, but it helps to group them into extended families.
THE SWEET ONES
Try these sweeter aperitifs on the rocks with tonic and a lemon twist! Fonseca White Port (LCBO 276816, $17.20) and Reynac Pineau des Charentes (LCBO 372169, $22.55) both offer a hint of honey. Alizé
Red (LCBO 338053, $27.15) is all about passion fruit, enhanced with vodka.
THE FORTIFIED FAMILY These delectable concoctions of wine, spirit, fruits and botanicals include Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Rouge (LCBO 370841, $15.60) with its warm, fennel and herbal flavour, Lillet Blanc (VINTAGES 322297, $19.10) with a scent of orange and vanilla, and Dubonnet
(LCBO 386334, $12.70)—blackcurrant and a trace of quinine. Serve them chilled and/or on the rocks.