The Sherry Noisette Apéritif

June 1, 2012

Every celebration calls for something special to toast the occasion and begin an evening of merriment, and a sherry apéritif with a touch of toasty hazelnut and a hint of orange is just the cocktail to get the party started.

An apéritif is a cocktail that is served before the meal intended to stimulate the appetite. It is often served with something small and salty to nibble. There are several styles of sherry, ranging from dry (apéritif-style) to sweet (dessert-style). A medium dry Amontillado was the preferred sherry when taste-testing the recipe. A Fino sherry also works, but it is much dryer.

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The Sherry Noisette Apéritif Recipe

Make 1 cocktail


1-1/2 ounces (45 ml) medium dry Amontillado Sherry, well chilled
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
1 dash orange bitters


Add all ingredients to a glass of ice. Stir to blend. Strain into a small wine glass, and serve.

Enjoy with Anchovy Toasts with Chickpea Puree, Roasted Garlic, & Thyme.

A toast!

As seen in JNSQ style magazine for iPad.