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.