Apéritifs are meant to stimulate hunger as well as “cleanse” the palate to prepare it for the flavors of the meal, and should be rather light. Think of the apéritif as a stage setter. A good aperitif not only relaxes the mood, but can serve to stimulate the appetite and prep your palate for what is to come. For example, if you know you are going to be enjoying seafood, begin with something crisp and citrusy. One great option is a nice glass of Campari, which is a bitter drink common enjoyed in Europe. Other options could be a Martini or Negroni.