And various experiments have shown that drinking an aperitif increases both the time spent eating and the number of calories consumed at a sitting.
I like to have two types of bubbles to hand at Christmas: a cheapie for Buck's fizz and impromptu parties and a decent Champagne to drink as an aperitif before lunch.
It is a very dry wine best drunk as an aperitif , and served slightly chilled.
Slip off your shoes when you get home, fling open the windows, pour an aperitif and cook something that makes you feel as if you are in a buzzy tapas bar, on the deck of a yacht or on the terrace of a French café.
With a champagne aperitif , a modest bottle of wine and liqueurs, a family of four could spend well in excess of £600.
Don't be put off by the burnt, sharp aroma - this has a light, peppery, slightly sweet taste and makes a fine aperitif .
Start off your meal with an aperitif in the spacious rear courtyard of the renovated French villa, which attracts a mixture of expats and locals prowling for a break from street corner fare.
With 12.5 per cent alcohol, this pleasing white works best as an aperitif and without food.
More like a liqueur than an aperitif (although it is deceptively sweet), only the unwary would approach it with abandon.
Sipping an unhurried aperitif , the menu not only makes your mouth water, it brings tears of joy to the eyes.