What Are Digestif Drinks?
A few blogs ago, we wrote about what aperitifs are. You know, those enticing welcome drinks you serve your guests at a party. We’ve also previously discussed which classic cocktail drinks taste best with an aperitif and how you can even create these recipes yourself. This time, however, we will be writing about digestif, a drink that’s just as mouth-watering as aperitifs but of a different kind and purpose.
We all know that aperitif is taken before a meal to stimulate your appetite. So what’s digestif? It’s an alcoholic drink usually consumed after you eat. There are various types of digestif alcohols. Some varieties are sweet like Spanish wine, while others, like Italian amaro are bitter and herbal-like.
While digestifs, like apertifs, are used to enhance the flavor cocktails, digestifs are believed to contain medicinal properties that can cure a number of digestive problems such as bloating, nausea, and heartburn. As early as the 18th century, digestifs are considered a potent drink that helps indigestion. Digestifs have a higher alcohol level, too, which explains why after drinking it, our stomach becomes less full and makes us crave more food.
Digestifs contain herbs and spices that often aid in digestion such as artichoke, lemon verbena, fennel, cardamom, and caraway which give it its bitter taste. There are different types of digestifs available in the market and their ingredients vary as well.
There are hundreds of varieties from all over the world that it would be quite difficult to catalog them all. However, below are just some of the more well-known ones:
Transform an ordinary meal into an unforgettable one. Impress your guests with a final touch to a delicious and filling spread by adding your favorite digestifs in a cocktail, tea, coffee or even on desserts like cakes and ice cream. Some even prefer to drink it straight taken as shots. The best thing about digestifs it is that you won’t need copious amounts of it to feel satisfied. Because of its slightly sweet and intensely bitter flavors, just an ounce or two will do the trick.