The Aperitivo Cappelletti, endearingly known to locals as just “Specialino”, may be the oldest style of the classic red bitter still in production. Unlike its larger commercial rivals, Cappelletti is less sweet and has a wonderful drying finish. Additionally, it still uses natural carmine color for a crimson red and retains a vinous texture from its wine base. It offers a vibrant and flavorful profile, complemented by bitter undertones on a traditional wine base. This yields a Negroni or Spritz that is dry and refreshing in the finish. It is made just outside of Trento in Alto Adige by the Cappelletti family, who also produce a number of other exceptional aperitivi and amari.
Cappelletti should be the first bottle to add to your bar this spring ...so refreshing you can drink it just chilled over ice, with nothing more than a citrus garnish. Think of it like Campari’s even more drinkable cousin. Unlike Campari, though, it's a winebased aperitif. That gives it a rich, full character alongside its gentle herbal flavors and hint of citrus peel, which means it mixes great in cocktails, too.
How to drink: Ice, soda, and a twist, or sparkling wine and a twist. Cocktails: Spritz with bubbly, or use in Negroni or Americano. Chill after opening.