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Friday 24 December 2021

A uniquely Australian aperitif: meet a Sunny Arvo


Champagne, pastis; gin; ouzo; dry sherrries and cocktails like negronis or Aperol spritzes are all popular aperitifs; drinks served with hors d'oeuvres or an amuse-bouche and enjoyed before a main meal.

Now Australia has its own pre-dinner drink with Three Foxes Distillery in Melbourne having released Australia’s first certified organic aperitivo: Sunny Arvo. 

A drink that is quintessentially summery, Sunny Arvo is designed to be enjoyed on the rocks or in a spritz and weighs in with just 16% alcohol. 

“With Sunny Arvo we wanted to provide an Aussie alternative to international liqueurs and aperitifs," says Three Foxes head distiller and co-founder Sarkis Karakis, a fourth generation distiller. 

"For us, it was about curating an experience that brought Australians together socially, sharing a good laugh over palate-forward drinks and tasty sharing plates.”

To create Sunny Arvo the Three Foxes team used their own organic alcohol, infused with rosella, the herbaceous plant safflower and a variety of berries. 

Blended with orange brandy distillate, hibiscus, blood orange, and gentian spirit with cinnamon and zesty citrus bitters, this is a classic palate whetter. 

“We’ve always made our drinks from actual fruits and botanicals, sourced from farms, not factories," says Karakis. "All our flavours are made in-house by a combination of steeping, distilling, and blending, so it was an easy pivot for us. 

"Getting the certification just makes it official, so we don’t have to hide around words like natural etc.” 

Best enjoyed as a spritz in my view. It is too viscous on its own and needs ice or some bubbles to be seen at its best.

Three Foxes are also planning to release a non-alcoholic version to be called Sunny Arvo Organic Noperitivo in the new year.

Sunny Arvo Organic Aperitivo ($48, 500ml) is currently available to purchase online from the Three Foxes Distillery website:

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