The First Light Cocktail Recipe

Beloved Ways to Bookend a Meal


Photos by Trevor Long

Although apéritifs and digestifs date back over 1,500 years, they didn’t skyrocket in popularity until the 1800s. Thought of by many as quintessentially European, these cocktails aren’t just tasty, they also serve a purpose. Apéritifs are generally drier in nature and are served before dinner in order to prepare the palate and the stomach for the big meal ahead. On the other hand, digestifs are consumed after a meal and are designed to aid in digestion. Read on for some trusted classics and new-age favorites from area establishments.

faith draayom

the first light

The First Light

Faith Drayyom at Civil Provisions
Course Apéritif, Drinks
Cuisine American


  • 0.75 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • 0.75 oz. Amaro Montenegro
  • 0.5 oz. Yuzu Late Harvest Dry Curaçao
  • 0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Prosecco, for topping
  • 1 lemon twist or lemon coin, for garnish


  • Add all ingredients except for prosecco to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds to combine. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and top with a splash of prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist or coin.
Keyword Civil Provisions, Cocktail, cocktail recipe, first light
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