Alcohol is usually blamed for causing stomachaches, not relieving them. But the infused liquors known as digestifs are stomach-settling miracles after a heavy meal because of the soothing properties of their herbal mixtures. They are a touch sweet, intensely flavored, and often served chilled and sipped slowly.
The definition of a digestif is broad, and usually refers to a hard liquor that’s been steeped with various herbs and/or citrus. Limoncello is the best-known digestive liqueur out there, but you may only have had that cheap Lysol-flavored bunk served at many Italian trattorias. Make some yourself and see how good (and easy) it can be. The digestifs listed here are a handful of our favorites, though we encourage experimentation (say, with bay leaves, tangerines, or even pomelos). And then tie ribbons around the bottles and call them a gift. (They’re just one of our make-your-own, impress-your-friends gift ideas
» Lemon Digestif
Warming with a slight astringency, this is what limoncello should taste like.
» Orange Digestif
Like a bouquet of orange flowers bloomed in a bottle of grain alcohol.
» Basil Digestif
With notes of clove and anise, this floral infusion brings out basil’s lesser-known flavors.
» Meyer Lemon Digestif
More subtle than the lemon digestif, with a nice floral note, this could be mistaken as a lemon-orange mixture.