What’s up, party people? Let’s get right down to it: Curious Elixir No. 4 might get along with summery foods just like No. 3, but its flavor is a whole different genre. Remember the subtle flavors of No. 3 from our previous installment? Well, drink in those calm vibes one last time, because now we’re turning up the volume.
Snack Suggestions for this Classic Aperitivo
Curious Elixir No. 4 is our take on a blood orange spritz, and it brings bold flavors to the table. This drink packs a punch and goes well with fattier, richer foods. Our official suggestion is to pair No. 4 with an antipasti platter. Salty meats, zesty olives, and crispy crackers love No. 4’s bright citrus notes. This is your opportunity to go wild with rich snacks and charcuterie: cured meats like salami, mortadella, and prosciutto; slices of herby focaccia drizzled with olive oil; even some of those cute mozzarella cheese balls—it’s just like spending the holidays with your nonna, only it’s summer and you’re drinking a booze-free craft cocktail.
Primi and Secondi
If you’re looking for something heartier (and fancier) than the appetizer-esque fare we’ve concentrated on so far, consider pairing Curious Elixir No. 4 with the decidedly distinguished croque-madame sandwich. If for any reason you aren’t interested in the sandwich’s signature egg, a croque-monsieur also works well (but trust us when we tell you that No. 4’s bright and bubbly attitude does wonders with the richness of a fried egg). Ultimately, any combination of hearty bread, creamy cheese, and savory meat will keep you coming back for sips of No. 4.
More ideas to spice up your life:
- Oysters (they’re in season!)
- Pickled Veggies
- Seafood Pasta, e.g. Linguine alle Vongole (Linguine with White Clams)
Finally, if you're after something on the sweeter side…
…And something that will impress your guests—why not try your hand at a batch of sweet arancini? This poppable Italian appetizer is normally served with savory fillings, but it’s not unheard of to fill it with chocolate or Nutella. Just think about it: orange and chocolate? What a delight!
No matter how you enjoy Curious Elixir No. 4, its bold, bright flavors will always deliver a summertime party for your tastebuds. If you’re looking for a reason to indulge in some decadent treats, look no further than this zesty bev. As they say in French-Italian households (probably): adieu et buon appetito!