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May 24, 2010 11:34 AM

Digestif Recommendation for Book Club Meeting

Thinking of bringing a digestif to my first book club meeting on Thursday rather than wine -- I'm not a wine person and making cocktails would be far too laborious, especially since we want to focus on gabbing about said book.

My only real experience with digestifs (not including cognac) has been dry sherry. I don't want to spend too much money (mucho dinero being spent for upcoming Memorial Day Party) and I don't want to get something that because of being way too intense will go untouched.

Pimms is out. I'm allergic to something in gin, possibly juniper. Or it could be quinine. Either way...

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  1. It may be hard to get something that everyone would like, and I don't know your group or how big it is, but a few ideas:

    Ouzo. A couple of ice cubes and you're done. A lot of people like it, and its fun to drink. But some people don't like the licorice flavor.

    A good sweet vermouth, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon. Carpano Antica would be great, but it is somewhat bitter and quite expensive.

    Lillet, perhaps with a lemon or orange wedge. Refreshing, popular, not too expensive, but more of an apertif than a digestif, I'd say.

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    1. re: EvergreenDan

      I was also going to suggest Lillet (blanc); for something even "lighter" (not a digestif), some Moscato d'Asti

    2. Aside from a good sambuca (I think Molinari is the best of what is commercially available - NOT Romana), limoncello is always a hit. It should be very well chilled though. I keep mine in the freezer.

      I agree with the ouzo suggestion as well. The ice, in addition to producing the "cloudy" effect, also helps cut what some people might find to be a challenging taste. (Don't add ice to the limencello though!!).

      1. I wound up buying Lillet Blanc and am going to make this summery sangria inspired pitcher...

        Looks good, right?

        This should also help me figure out if it's something in gin I'm allergic to (juniper?) or quinine. I used to get very bad skin itches last summer when I was downing gin and tonics.

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        1. re: isadorasmama

          If you like the idea of Lillet, you might also try some Dubonnet Rouge in the future - over ice with a twist of lemon or orange . . . also more of an aperitif, and one of my favorites

          1. re: isadorasmama

            another idea would be Jacopo Poli Miele (grappa-based honey liqueur)-- it's actually quite sippable, something like an intensely aromatic limoncello