What is aperitif?

Whetting the appetite with a before-dinner drink, or aperitif — from the Latin ’aperire,’ (to open) — has long been associated with improved digestion.

How do they awaken the appetite?

Drinks that are bitter, or bitterness in general, has been shown to make us salivate and stimulate stomach acid which in turn aids digestion.

How do I drink them?

Please serve chilled Spritz style. 1 part (50ml) Æcorn - top with 2 parts sparkling or soda water and do check out our drinks page here for more recipes.

Do they contain Alcohol?

Æcorn Aperitifs contain less than 0.5% ABV, and are defined as non alcoholic.

What are the ingredients?

Water, Verjus, Natural Botanical Distillates & Extracts
Preservative} Potassium sorbate Acid} Malic acid

Æcorn Dry: Water, Verjus, Grape Juices, Natural Botanical Distillates and Extracts (3%), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Acid: Malic acid.
Botanicals: Clary sage, Nettle, Seaweed, Herb Ester, Quassia, Keemum Tea, Oakwood & Acorn.

Æcorn Bitter: Water, Verjus, Sugar, Grape Juices, Natural Botanical Distillates and Extracts (3%), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Acid: Citric acid.

Botanicals: Bay, Coffee, Grapefruit, Honey, Sancho, Quassia, Gentian, Oak & Acorn

Æcorn Aromatic: Water, Verjus, Grape Juices, Natural Botanical Distillates and Extracts (5%), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Acid: Citric acid.

Botanicals: Cassia Bark, Bitter Orange, Cardamom, Kola nut, Smoked Cherrywood, Chinotto, Oakwood & Acorn.

Tasting notes

Æcorn Dry
Pale verdant in colour with a Fresh, floral nose. Bone dry with green herbaceous notes of nettle, gentian, clary sage and chamomile. Tart and refreshing with a herbal, bittersweet finish.

Æcorn Bitter
Vivid carmine in colour with a bright, citrusy nose. Bittersweet and complex with notes of grapefruit skin, bay and orange marmalade. Bold, bitter finish with lingering notes of quassia & honeycomb.

Æcorn Aromatic
Rich tawny in colour with a sweetly aromatic, smoky nose. Full-bodied and indulgent with notes of smoked Cherrywood, vanilla, kola nut & chinotto. Smooth and silky, finishing with subtle notes of chocolate, raison and oak wood.

What is Verjus?

Literally meaning 'green juice', Verjus is made by pressing unripened grapes. These sacrificial grapes are harvested before Véraison (when the grapes start to change colour), at a time known as the Green Harvest. They are very occasionally pressed to produce a crisp, dry and tart liquid known as 'Verjus’.

Æcorn uses 100% English Verjus as the base for our Aperitifs adding the highest quality botanicals sourced from all over the world


Unfortunately, Æcorn Aperitifs are not certified Kosher/Halal therefore we cannot guarantee it to be suitable for your consumption.


We are pleased to report Æcorn Aperitifs are suitable for vegetarians.

Although Æcorn Aperitifs are not certified vegan, we are vegan-friendly. We do not use any animal derivatives in our production and distillation processes.

Best before date

The Best Before date for Æcorn Aperitifs can be found on the bottom of the bottle.

Once opened, we recommend keeping refrigerated and using within 4 weeks of opening.

Before opening, Æcorn Aperitifs should be stored in a cold place, out of direct sunlight.


For women who are pregnant or brestfeeding, we recommend consulting a medical professional before consuming Æcorn Aperitifs as Æcorn Dry & Æcorn Bitter contain low levels of Quassia.


Please rest assured, sediment is normal and still suitable for consumption.  We have found that as Æcorn Aperitifs are made from natural extracts and distillates, sometimes settling may occur. This sediment has been micro-tested and is completely safe to consume. The sediment will disappear once vigorously shaken.
If you have any further concerns, please let us know.


All products are free of all allergens below:

Cereals containing gluten
Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats, Spelt, Kamut or their derivatives 
Crustaceans and their derivatives 
Egg & egg derivatives 
Fish and fish products 
Peanut and peanut derivatives 
Soybeans & soybean derivatives 
Milk & milk derivatives (including lactose) 
Nuts & nut derivatives 
Almond, Hazelnut, Walnut, Cashew, Pecan nut, Brazil nut, Pistachio nut, Macadamia nut and Queensland nut
Celery and celery derivatives 
Mustard and mustard derivatives 
Molluscs and their derivatives 
Lupin and their derivatives 
Sesame seed and derivatives 
Sulphur dioxide / sulphites (at levels above 10 ppm)

Do they contain any Acorns?

Æcorn Aperitifs contain Oak extracts, which were Acorns a long time ago. They also contain a small amount of Acorn extract.

Where to purchase?

Æcorn Aperitifs are available right here, we're also proudly available at Selfridges , Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Ocado & Tesco

Shipping information

We are currently focusing on UK & IRE and are only shipping within these locations. We'll be available in the US Summer 2022

We will announce news of our international roll out in due course. For more information, please sign up to our newsletter.

We hope to be launching in your city soon!

Where to drink?

Æcorn Aperitifs can be found at Lyaness, The American Bar at the Savoy and The Ledbury as well as in many other great bars and restaurants in central London.

Sign up to our newsletter for more information about where to find us & don’t be afraid to ask for it in your favourite bar, hotel or restaurant.


UK Trade enquiries

Please email hello@aecorndrinks.com