Home Food The French Don’t Snack. They Apéro.

The French Don’t Snack. They Apéro.

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Rebekah Peppler shines a spotlight on a beloved French tradition that you can try at home.

Rebekah Peppler is a food and drinks writer based in Paris. Her most recent cookbook focuses on the cuisine and lifestyle of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the southeastern region of France.

Barring the afternoon snack of school children, it’s true: Snacking between meals isn’t really a thing in France. Unless, of course, you swap in the word snack for “apéro.” Pausing for a drink and small bite during apéritif hour is sacred across France — and easily translates to your own backyard.

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The word apéritif, derived from the Latin “aperire” or “to open,” refers both to a set of low alcohol-by-volume bottles (such as vermouth, sherry or Suze) as well as drinks. Meant to whet the appetite and always paired with a small, savory bite, l’apéro often takes place during the transition from day to evening, though a lunchtime apéro isn’t unheard-of.

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The apéritifs should lean dry, modest in alcohol and simple: a glass of still or sparkling wine, a beer or a simple mixed drink, such as a classic Kir, Vermouth spritz or Picon Bière.

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