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Jun 24, 2005 09:39 PM

After dinner drinks/digestives for warm summer evenings - Any suggestions??

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I've been tasked to bring a nice, refreshing after dinner drink/digestive, for a dinner party I'm attending tomorrow night. My first thought was to find some nice limoncella; I've had it before and I think it's fairly easy to procure from any ABC store.

I'd rather bring something other; something not as common as that Italian fave. Can anyone suggest something that I can find easily in the N Arlington/Falls Church area early enough in the day to cool sufficiently? I'd rather not have to mix up anyting, so I'm not looking for recipes.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. How about a rum drink made with frozen watermelon? Whiz it in a blender with fruit juice such as grape or pineapple, add rum and maybe a touch of sweetener to taste. Very refreshing and summery.

    1. Pick up a few bottles of chilled dry white wine (Pino Grigio would be good) and a good bottle of "Creme de Cassis", pour some Cassis into a wine glass, add the chilled white wine, garnish with slice of lemon or orange, and you have the classic "Kir", a very light, refreshing drink that's easy on the stomach. If that seems too light, check out some other suggestions at "Drinkalizer", click on link below.


      1. Limoncello is a lemony light digestive served in Italy. You can buy it or make yourself.

        1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Pastis! It is the quintessential summer drink in the South of France. Just chill and mix with a bit of water and, as they say, voila!

          It's an anise liquor, though surprisingly many of my friends who don't generally like that flavor end up really enjoying a nice pastis on a hot day.

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          1. re: Ms. Paris

            Yum, I love Patis. And it's always magic how when the ice melts the pastis becomes cloudy. Love that.

          2. Instead of Limoncello, try Nardini Acqua di Cedro.
            Similar flavour but with a much drier finish, much more pleasant to my taste.
            Clear rather than coloured.
            Serve chilled.