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Unbeknown to most, the third Thursday of May is specially reserved for National Aperitif Day.  An aperitif is traditionally enjoyed prior to dinner as an appetite-stimulating beverage. Elsewhere it can simply serve as a zesty cocktail. While there needs to be little reason to enjoy an afternoon tipple, May 20 lends a perfect excuse to add a little extra effort.

Enter: Pampelle. For those unacquainted, Pampelle is the world’s first ruby red grapefruit aperitif. Crafted on the banks of the River Charente in the Cognac region of France, Pampelle Grapefruit Aperitif blends the bittersweet essence of grapefruit with natural botanicals, maceration of citrus peels and Eau de Vie – a clear, colourless fruit brandy. The result is fresh and reminiscent of the south of France. Even with border closures, the transformative power of a cocktail will soon have you emulating the Mediterranean lifestyle – oceans apart.

Crafting a homemade beverage is uncomplicated and can replace common liqueurs from a spritz or negroni (the latter is a GRAZIA favourite). Or simply, can be combined with tonic for a vibrant alternative to gin.  Familiarise yourself with three recipes for the perfect Pampelle sip and scroll below to win your very own.

As the French say, à votre santé!

Pampelle & Tonic

Ingredients:
1 part Pampelle
Top with Tonic Water

Method:
Build over ice into a tall glass
Garnish with a slice of Ruby Red grapefruit

Pampelle Spritz

Ingredients:
2 parts Pampelle
3 parts Prosecco
1 part Soda Water

Method:
Add plenty of ice to a large wine glass
Pour in the measured ingredients and lightly stir
Garnish with a wedge of Ruby Red Grapefruit

Pampelle Negroni

Ingredients:
1 part Pampelle
1 part Gin
1 part Vermouth Blanc (sweet)

Method:
Build over ice into a tall glass.
Garnish with a slice of Ruby Red Grapefruit

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To celebrate National Aperitif Day, Pampelle is giving away limited-edition packs. The curated hamper features a full-sized bottle of Pampelle, glassware and more. To enter, visit here.

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