Over the last few years, the Aperol Spritz has beat out just about every other contender as The Drink of the Summer. You could easily get by drinking (and Instagramming) nothing but Spritzes—and, okay, maybe rosé—until September.
But with all due respect to the classic, Aperol isn’t the only bright red, bittersweet Italian aperitivo out there. This summer, we’re all about Cappelletti. (Or as it’s called in Trento, its native Italian region, “Il Specialino.”)
While Cappelletti is produced by a fourth-generation family operation with more than one hundred years of history, it’s only become available in the States in the last few years. Like Aperol and Campari, it’s a liqueur of a gorgeous red hue, infused with a variety of herbs and botanicals. Unlike Aperol and Campari, it’s made from a base of white wine—primarily Trebbiano—which gives it a rich, juicy character.