Port and limoncello are so last week. If you’re in the mood to try something new and unusual, this post is the answer to all of your prayers. Read on for an easily digestible list of digestifs from places all around Europe such as Hungary, Sweden, and Ireland.
Unicum is no unicorn. In fact, it’s so far from being rare that it’s Hungary’s national drink. This liqueur, originally created by a royal physician in 1790 to cure indigestion, is usually consumed as a shot. Don’t let its bitter taste fool you – some find it quite addictive once they grow accustomed to it.
Bäsk, malört, absinthe’s ugly cousin, whatever you call this awful-tasting alcohol, it’s a wonder something so foul maintains such a following. Some like it because drinking it takes them to Sweden, the country of its origin, others enjoy it because the bitter taste makes them feel tough. Whatever your reason may be, this drink is not for the faint of heart.
3. Herbs de Mallorca
True to its name, herbs de Mallorca is a deep green alcohol made with thirty different herbs and manufactured in Mallorca. Its initial use in the 16th century was to fight off diseases. Nowadays, it’s most commonly drunk after meals, either over ice or simply by itself.
4. Irish Mist
Smooth, warming, and sweet is the only way to describe this honey-infused whiskey liqueur from Ireland. With its complex and versatile taste, you can drink it a number of different ways – on ice, pure, in a cocktail, or in the best possible version of an Irish coffee.
If a huge meal has you wanting to crawl under the dinner table and take a nap, Underberg is here to help. Brought to Germany in 1846 and best enjoyed in a small dose, this strong digestif has hints of liquorice and herbs. Bloated bellies beware, Underberg is here.
If you don’t eat too much, are you really travelling? Next time you’re scarfing down bratwurst in Germany or goulash in Hungary, bring your meal to a close with one of these delicious digestifs.