Apéritif cocktails are blends of wine, spirits, and liqueurs that are served generally before, but sometimes after, dinner. The cocktail may often be taken for granted, but the apéritif rarely is. Put the two together, and you have a sublime combination that beckons the appetizer tray. Whatever the ingredients, an apéritif is a light alcoholic beverage meant to stimulate the appetite, the conversation, and the mind. The soul of the apéritif is a mix of conviviality and reflection.