Of course, you can have an aperitif whenever the mood strikes, but then it’s just a cocktail.
So consider the Adonis, a late-1800s classic sporting equal measures of dry sherry and sweet vermouth. It’s light, it’s stimulating, and it’s exactly the kind of thing you want before a big meal.
And given the low alcohol nature of the Adonis, you can have a few without fear of missing dinner.
1 1/2 oz dry sherry
1 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon peel.