Fratelli Fresh is embracing National Aperitif Day, which falls on Thursday, 21 May, celebrating the ritual of enjoying a refreshing, appetite-stimulating tipple before dinner.

This year, as the country eases back into dining out, and many people are still working and cooking from their own personal headquarters, try one of their quintessential aperitif recipes in the comfort of your own home.

Aperol Spritz
Quite possibly the queen of aperitifs, this coral-coloured beauty is a fizzy mix of Aperol and prosecco.

60ml Aperol Spritz
90ml Prosecco
30ml Soda
Wedge of orange, for garnish

Pour into a big wine glass, fill with ice, and garnish with orange.

A rich, ruby-red trifecta of equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari, this cocktail is perfect in balance.

30ml Tanqueray gin
30ml Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
30ml Campari
Twist of orange peel, for garnish

Pour into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish.

Limoncello Spritz
Bittersweet and enlivened with fizz, this classic aperitif will transport you to the Amalfi Coast.

60ml Limoncello
60ml Prosecco
Dash of Soda
Slice of orange or lemon, for garnish

Pour into a big wine glass, fill with ice, and garnish with fruit slice.

All three cocktails are available as DIY cocktail kits from the Fratelli Fresh Grocer home delivery service: Aperol Spritz and Negroni are also available as ready-made cocktails. Salute!

Source: Fratelli Fresh