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Digestif Alcohols

The Ultimate After Dinner Drink

The holidays are upon us. It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's also one of the most gluttonous. Let's be honest, we're all bound to do a little more indulging than normal this time of year. Fear not, we've got Drizly pro tip to help you recover from all that pumpkin pie that you're about to nose dive into...

Introducing the DIGESTIF. A digestif is a kind of liquors that is served after large, filling meals to help settle your stomach and digest your food. While becoming more and more popular, these fancy-sounding after dinner drinks aren't nearly as well known in America as they are elsewhere around the world. 

What's the deal with this stuff anyways?

The purpose of a digestif is to help with digestion. Digestif alcohols are typically sweet, herbaceous and sometimes even bitter. They have a medicinal vibe about them and we promise even if you don't love the flavor (some of them take some getting used to) it will have a settling effect on a full stomach. Remember, the history of enjoying a small glass of liquor after a big meal isn't a new development. Many of the most popular digestifs in European countries can trace their roots back hundreds of years to when they were originally served up as elixirs or mixed into tonics by doctors. 

So what are you looking for?

A proper after dinner drink is higher in alcohol content and helps to stimulate the digestive enzymes after a big meal. This could be a neat pour of whiskey, glass of Port, or even a snifter of brandy. You may have also heard of the popular Amaro from Italy as well. 

But how do I serve it? 

Grab some small glasses (yes, shot glasses will work). Serve about an ounce to an ounce and a half at room temperature and sip leisurely. (Turns out it's also totally acceptable to throw back a shot of Fernet-Branca too). Enjoy friends. 

 5 Digestifs To Try Post Thanksgiving 

If you want to look extra cool and cultured at Thanksgiving this year, bring one of these digestifs to the table. 

  • Fernet-Branca (Italy - very bitter) 
  • Bénédictine (France - sweet, herbal) 
  • Amaretto (Italy - almond flavored, sweet) 
  • Port (Origins in Portugal, sweet fortified wine) 
  • Single Malt Scotch