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To appreciate the apéritif, it’s important to understand that it’s not just a shot of something you can’t pronounce before you’re awarded your drink ticket for the evening. An apéritif or, to Italians, aperitivo, is the appetizer of the beverage world, the amuse-bouche if you will, meant to refresh and stimulate the palate. And if you want to add a classy touch to a dinner gathering, offer your guests any of these potent, flavorful cocktails to get the ball rolling.