An Introduction to Digestifs
Digestifs are drinks taken after a large meal, and the word literally means “digestive” in French. There’s no surprise when you find out that these are drunk as a digestive aid. Often times these are taken to help one digest their food, to calm their stomach, and in the past they were used to help prevent excess wind and save you the embarrassment of farting. They are exactly the opposite of the apéritifs!
Do They Suit My Restaurant?
“Digestif” is somewhat of a foreign term to Americans for two reasons:
- It’s a European tradition
- The modern American dining style of “sit,
eat,and leave” is very contradictory to the traditionof eating long and drawn-out meals, which is common on the continent across the Atlantic.
The digestif could still be applicable to your location.
Firstly, if your location is of the finer dining variety – where guests are urged to take their time at the table and the focus is really based around the experience,
What Classes as a Digestif?
Digestifs are rich, high alcohol spirits usually served neat. Digestifs don’t include creamy, chocolate, or other sweetened liqueurs. Although the term digestif originates in France, digestifs can be found all over Europe, and here are just some of the spirits that are classed as
There are also cocktails that are drunk as
Tempting Customers into Trying Digestifs
Putting a small section of
Digestifs are a much easier upsell than aperitifs. The customer is already familiar with the tradition of taking a shot of brandy or whiskey after their meal, however, most locations simply don’t put the opportunity in front of the customer. If you start handing out dessert menus with