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An example of the Cappelletti Smash, the mixed drink (drink), by Sean Sullivan, Straight Law, Boston, featuring Aperitivo Cappelletti, lemon, sugar, and sprig of mint; photo by Lee Edwards

 Cappelletti Smash

Muddle in a mixing glass:

Half a lemon

2 tsp sugar


2 oz Aperitivo Cappelletti

Fill with ice.


Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

Sean Sullivan, Straight Law, Boston

Aperitivo Cappelletti bottle

Aperitivo Cappelletti

ItalyTrentino-Alto Adige 17.0% ABV

17.0% ABV

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. Full details

Aperitivo Cappelletti label

SKU Vintage Region Origin Desc Cepage % Alc Size/Pack Finish BTL Barcode Cs Barcode Cs Wgt
HZ 9300NVTrentino-Alto AdigeITBitter; Wine-basedPinot Bianco, Garganega,Trebbiano17.0%750/12screwcap8018571001021801857101102017.30 kg