INVEST IN SOME APEROL
While it’s always been enjoyed in an après-ski capacity, Aperol hasn’t exactly merited the status of a staple; indeed, many a bottle of the viscous orange liquor has been relegated to the role of an ornament on the shelves of well-stocked bars. But it might be time to bring this august Italian apéritif out of retirement: Aperol is making a serious comeback. A pleasantly bitter infusion of orange and herbs, Aperol is the (significantly) less alcoholic cousin of Campari, and is best enjoyed in the form of an Aperol Spritz – that is, in conjunction with a delicate balance of prosecco and soda water.
LOSE THE SHOT GLASSES
Tequila has never gone out of fashion, but it’s always been in with the wrong crowd. Typically, it’s meted out in diminutive glasses and dispatched with a grimace, some salt, and a palliative slice of lemon. Thanks to a select range of ultra-premium labels, though, the agave-based beverage is attracting a new demographic of drinkers, who are not averse to spending upwards of R2,000 for a distillation they can drink on the rocks.
Tequila Casa Noble, George Clooney’s (recently sold) Casamigos, and bespoke brands like Blue Nectar Tequila are just a few of the brands responsible for tequila’s new luxury affiliations; but even premium tequila may very soon be somewhat passé. George Clooney and Rande Gerber are looking to take Mexican spirit mezcal mainstream, and, if their success with Casamigos tequila is any indication, you’ll soon be seeing the smoky spirit everywhere.
Cognac for Armagnac. The slightly less-refined French brandy is beginning to replace cognac in cocktails, as its slightly more heterogeneous flavour – an attribute of its comparatively rudimentary makeup – adds an enjoyable complexity to classics like Sidecars and Stingers.