The French Apéritif to Drink This Winter When You're Over Mulled Wine

Updated 05/09/19
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Joann Pai

Every winter, there comes a point when the cold is just too much. Snowy weather excitement wanes as sidewalks that were once pristine and glittering with freshly fallen flakes turn to slosh-covered obstacles to traverse. As December gives way to January, it seems the only way to endure the freezing months ahead is to stay fixed firmly in front of a heater—ideally, with a warming seasonal cocktail in hand.

Enter Apéritif, the latest cookbook from best-selling author Rebekah Peppler, which is brimming with French-inspired cocktails to help you weather, well, this dreary winter weather. Spanning a bright and refreshing vert jus spritz to an effervescent red wine–based apértif, Peppler shares three winter cocktail recipes to turn to if you've already had your fill of mulled wine. Keep scrolling to find out exactly how to make them, straight from the pages of Peppler's shelf-worthy cookbook.

Vert Jus

Vert Jus
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"A bright, tart, green juice even the most health-adverse can get behind—this time in apéro-friendly spritz form. But by all means, drink it after yoga as well."

Serves one.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz blanc vermouth
1/2 oz white verjus
4 oz sparkling wine

1 1/2 oz blanc vermouth
1/2 oz white verjus
4 oz sparkling wine

Directions

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Miss Scarlet

Miss Scarlet
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"As a kid, I was obsessed with the movie Clue. Turns out, there are some things you don't grow out of. This lightly red, lightly sweet, lightly bubbled cocktail goes out to the OG Lady in Red, Lesley Ann Warren, who I would drink with, in the study, any night of the week."

Serves one.

Ingredients

1 oz red verjus
1 oz dry, light sherry (such as fino or manzanilla)
1/4 oz rich simple syrup
5 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Dry Champagne

1 oz red verjus
1 oz dry, light sherry (such as fino or manzanilla)
1/4 oz rich simple syrup
5 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Dry Champagne

Directions

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Alfonso

Alfonso
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"Between the late Queen Mother and her daughter Queen Elizabeth II mixing Dubonnet with gin and the deposed Spanish king Alfonso XIII mixing the red wine-based apéritif with Champagne during his exile in France, Dubonnet has plenty of royal cred. But it's not too high and mighty for us common folk. Simon Wittrup, who reigns as the head barman at Le Mary Celeste, serves King Alf's namesake during apéro in the 3ème." 

Serves one.

Ingredients

1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 oz Dubonnet Rouge
Dry Champagne
Lemon peel

1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 oz Dubonnet Rouge
Dry Champagne
Lemon peel

Directions

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Reprinted from Apéritif: Cocktail Hour the French Way. Copyright © 2018 by Rebekah Peppler. Photographs by Joann Pai. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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