January 10, 2011
L'Heure de l'Apéro
L'heure de l'apéro (the French version of the cocktail hour) is a local tradition that we have happily embraced. It's an invitation to sit down, relax and whet our appetites before the focal point of the evening; dinner.
Our evening apéro gets under way around 7-7:30 and normally lasts about an hour. I have a glass of white or rosé wine, or sometimes a kir, and my husband either has a mixed drink or a glass of wine.
Little bowls of pretzels or olives are served to take the edge off, and when we have friends over we serve something a little more substantial, such as little slices of saucisson, a chunk of pâté and another dish or two.