Aperitif
made with Heritage Botanicals

Macerated in England
10%vol / 700ml
Description

Using a special combination of botanicals, from the hedgerow to the vegetable patch. Chosen to create that lip smacking bitterness, but cleverly rounded off with the tart strawberry and sweet grape to create the most adult and uniquely moreish of aperitifs. We macerate the botanicals for 2 days to extract maximum flavour, before carefully blending with the real fruit juices to create this distinctly delicious flavour.

 

Nose: Intricate aromatic botanicals, chamomile floral, gentian, grape undertones, guelder rose and strawberry sit on top.

Taste

Complex woody and herbal, full bodied guelder rose with slight floral characters. Sweet grape and subtle strawberry.

Serve

Simply serve 50ml chilled over ice with 100ml English Sparkling Wine and a dash of premium soda.

Our Botanicals
    Strawberries Guelder Rose Wormwood Rowan Berries Burdock Root Hawthorn Berries Red Grapes Gentian Root Rhubarb Root Fennel
    01
    Strawberries
    Fragaria × Ananassa - The quintessential British summer fruit. Juicy, sweet, tart and fragrant. We use the juice to really elevate these four characteristics which help bring out, and balance the punchy botanicals. A beautiful natural pink hue.
    02
    Guelder Rose
    Viburnum Opulus - Can often be seen grown in gardens as an ornamental plant with its many white flowers, though it naturally prefers the hedgerows. A native botanical used for hundreds of years in herbal medicine, here it adds a subtle bitter and floral note.
    03
    Wormwood
    Artemisia Absinthium - A herbaceous perennial plant with fibrous roots, as it’s Latin names suggests is the main flavouring behind the Green Fairy! The classic anise bitter.
    04
    Rowan Berries
    Sorbus Aucuparia - Scarlet in colour and produced by this elegant tree in autumn is most common in Britain in the north and west. Its old Celtic name, 'fid na ndruad', means wizards' tree as it was once widely planted as a protection against witches. The berries add a distinct sourness.
    05
    Burdock Root
    Arctium Lappa Radix Bardanae - Traditionally used in Britain as a flavouring in the herbal drink “dandelion and burdock” it belongs to the sunflower family. A pungent flavour but one that is very crisp, sweet and mild.
    06
    Hawthorn Berries
    Crataegus Monogyna - The name haw, originally an Old English term for hedge (from the Anglo-Saxon term haguthorn, "a fence with thorns"). Commonplace throughout Britain. Raw, they are said to have the taste of little apples. Dried as a botanical they add sweetness along with some slightly bitter, astringent tones.
    07
    Red Grapes
    Vitis Vinifera - Provide the main sweetness and dark red colour. Counterbalancing the botanical bitterness perfectly to give a long rounded finish.
    08
    Gentian Root
    Gentianaceae - The name is a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king, who may have been the discoverer of its tonic properties. Complex and aromatic with notes of bittersweet herbs and subtle accents of vanilla, candied orange and spice with a delicately bitter finish.
    09
    Rhubarb Root
    Rheum Palmatum - Also called sweet round-leaved dock and is one of the few perennial vegetables in existence. It is a relative of the garden fruit that we eat. The root provides a distinct sour and bitter flavour with a characteristic nose.
    10
    Fennel
    Foeniculum Vulgare - Similar in flavour to licorice or anise, fennel has a fresh and earthy taste which adds a real savoury depth to the more bitter botanicals.
    01 Fragaria × Ananassa - The quintessential British summer fruit. Juicy, sweet, tart and fragrant. We use the juice to really elevate these four characteristics which help bring out, and balance the punchy botanicals. A beautiful natural pink hue.
    02 Viburnum Opulus - Can often be seen grown in gardens as an ornamental plant with its many white flowers, though it naturally prefers the hedgerows. A native botanical used for hundreds of years in herbal medicine, here it adds a subtle bitter and floral note.
    03 Artemisia Absinthium - A herbaceous perennial plant with fibrous roots, as it’s Latin names suggests is the main flavouring behind the Green Fairy! The classic anise bitter.
    04 Sorbus Aucuparia - Scarlet in colour and produced by this elegant tree in autumn is most common in Britain in the north and west. Its old Celtic name, 'fid na ndruad', means wizards' tree as it was once widely planted as a protection against witches. The berries add a distinct sourness.
    05 Arctium Lappa Radix Bardanae - Traditionally used in Britain as a flavouring in the herbal drink “dandelion and burdock” it belongs to the sunflower family. A pungent flavour but one that is very crisp, sweet and mild.
    06 Crataegus Monogyna - The name haw, originally an Old English term for hedge (from the Anglo-Saxon term haguthorn, "a fence with thorns"). Commonplace throughout Britain. Raw, they are said to have the taste of little apples. Dried as a botanical they add sweetness along with some slightly bitter, astringent tones.
    07 Vitis Vinifera - Provide the main sweetness and dark red colour. Counterbalancing the botanical bitterness perfectly to give a long rounded finish.
    08 Gentianaceae - The name is a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king, who may have been the discoverer of its tonic properties. Complex and aromatic with notes of bittersweet herbs and subtle accents of vanilla, candied orange and spice with a delicately bitter finish.
    09 Rheum Palmatum - Also called sweet round-leaved dock and is one of the few perennial vegetables in existence. It is a relative of the garden fruit that we eat. The root provides a distinct sour and bitter flavour with a characteristic nose.
    10 Foeniculum Vulgare - Similar in flavour to licorice or anise, fennel has a fresh and earthy taste which adds a real savoury depth to the more bitter botanicals.
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    REVIEWS

    Delicious aperitif. Just swap for Aperol. Tastes great, less sweet and more natural. Sunshine tipple.
    Deliciously refreshing, and a beautiful bottle that will be kept long after the spirit is finished.
    Absolutely loved the Aperitif. We made some spritz at home and they were so delicious, much less sweet and more complex - my wife loved them too. Going to be a regular Summer drink from now on!
    I bought all three and each offers something different. Delicious served just as recommended on the bottles and perfect for a light drink in the sun. I'm sure there will be mixer suggestions for the darker months when they come, but for now, cheers.
    Love this brand! Looks gorgeous in my drinks cabinet and tastes amazing in a glass. What more do you want?!

    Fancy a Drink?

    Champino - Makes 2

    50ml Decem Aperitif
    50ml Sweet Red Vermouth
    Champagne
    2 Strawberry slices

    Fill the mixing glass with ice. Add the DECEM Aperitif and the Vermouth to the mixing glass. Stir until the outside of the glass feels cold. Strain into the two flutes and top with champagne, finish each glass with a strawberry slice.

    <p>Champino</p>
    Decem Biere - Makes 2

    100ml Decem Aperitif
    660ml beer, preferably lager

    Fill each highball glass with the DECEM Aperitif followed by the beer. Stir briefly to mix and serve.

    <p>Decem Biere</p>
    Garibaldi - Makes 2

    100ml Decem Aperitif
    300ml Orange Juice, freshly squeezed
    2 Orange Wedges

    Fill each highball glass with ice and pour over 50ml DECEM Aperitif, top up with the orange juice and stir gently, sit the orange wedge on top.

    <p>Garibaldi</p>
    Complex flavours for easy drinking

    How we socialise together is changing rapidly. Alcohol is a beautifully, functional elixir but (like most of us know already) too much of it is never a good thing. DECEM is designed to be enjoyed anytime, as a lighter alcohol option which means you can keep the conversations flowing late into the night.

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