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7 After Dinner Drinks to Soothe Your Belly and Your Brain

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The time between dinner and bed can serve a lot of purposes for a late-night drinker. It can be a chance to indulge a sweet tooth with a decadent dessert drink or a kick off for a long night of imbibing. But perhaps the most appropriate drinks to mix up right after a big meal are those that settle your stomach and your mind. A dinner-clearing digestif or rest-inducing nightcap is the perfect way to top off a long meal and an even longer day.

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Drinking vinegars sound scary, but the herbal tonics are actually fantastic for clearing out a prix fixe feast. This take on the familiar Vodka Cran makes the stomach-aiding elixir more approachable. Apple cider vinegar and fresh allspice berries join fresh cranberries in the shrub, along with some sugar to even out the flavor. Simply add the mixture to a lowball glass with vodka and stir for a post-feast drink that’s equal parts easy sipper and digestif.

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Cranberry Shrub
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Once you get hooked on digestifs, they’ll become part of your daily—er, nightly—routine, especially if you spike them with gut-healthy kombucha. While many types of flavored booch take kindly to a shot of a sweeter spirit or light liqueur, this fermented take on a Pimm’s Cup brings fresh herb garden flavors. Fruity pear kombucha combines with fresh lime juice, ginger and cucumber slices for a refreshing finish to a meaty meal.

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Ginger
Pimm's
Kombucha
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For all those odd birds who prefer to drink espresso after dinner, we’d like to introduce you to the best boozy coffee drink out there. Far from the syrupy sweet concoctions that sometimes pass for Espresso “Martinis,” this version uses neutral vodka and simple syrup to really highlight quality espresso beans. It’ll satisfy that bitter, caffeinated craving for late-night coffee lovers.

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Vodka
Espresso
Simple Syrup
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If you’re heading out from a dinner party into the cold night, you’ll need something warm and cozy to see you on your way. Made with two kinds of whiskey (scotch and rye), along with warm black tea and rich demerara syrup, this Hot Toddy variation will do just the trick. Covered in a thick layer of clementine espuma and studded with a pile of raw spices, it’s festive enough to keep you in good spirits all the way home.

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Scotch
Rye
Black Tea
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Cool off as you enter the night with this menthol-tinged take on an Old Fashioned. Bourbon is joined by Becherovka, the Czech digestif that combines cinnamon, ginger and traditional bitter herbs with a touch of menthol. The result is sweeter and mellower than your typical digestif, but it still packs enough medicinal punch to clear the mind and body after a long day.

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becherovka
demerara syrup
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There’s no rule that after dinner drinks have to be stirred lowballs. This light and bubbly Bellini isn’t out of place in the evening, thanks to a dash of Aperol, which tinges the spritzy drink with a bitter, palate-cleansing edge. If you take to the lightly bitter cocktail, feel free to keep drinking it with brunch in the morning.

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Peach Liqueur
Aperol
Prosecco
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Turmeric not only eases your tummy out of dinner and into a late night chill sesh, but it also brings together all sorts of diverse tastes. Grassy cachaça melds with tart lemon juice, sweet honey, herbal ginger and spicy cayenne pepper for a cocktail that spreads evenly across the flavor spectrum. If you’re left unsatisfied by your meal, this cocktail will surely fulfill any lasting cravings because it hits just about every taste bud at once.


 

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Cachaça
honey turmeric syrup
Ginger Syrup

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