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Jul 22, 2011 11:07 AM

Any drink easy on the tummy?

For a while was drinking various vodkas, but recently had a bout of gastritis that I came out of but left me wondering if there were drinks that were not as hard on the stomach. Heard simple Merlot is okay.

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  1. if you have access to an Asian grocery (also available on as "calpico base drink"), get some Calpico (a.k.a Calpis, a cultured milk product popular in Japan) concentrate and mix with iichiko shochu (barley "sake"). Popular Japanese drink ("milk martini"), goes down very easily (after all, milk is good for the tummy, right?). fwiw I know several non-Asians who have immediately taken a strong liking to this. Some people prefer to dilute this a bit with soda.

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    1. re: barleywino

      i think it is a myth that milk is good for the stomach.

      1. re: TroyTempest

        Milk definitely has an enzyme that neutralizes capsaicin, so it is useful if the upset is caused by spicy food.

      2. re: barleywino

        I really wouldn't call Iichiko Shochu a "barley sake" because sake is a fermented beverage while shochu is distilled. Shochu is higher in alcohol than sake, say 25% vs about 16% for sake. However, the probiotic nature of Calpis (Calpico) is certainly a plus.

        1. re: Tripeler

          i agree, that's just how Nobu restaurant describes iichiko, as this used to be their signature drink

      3. Whatever you like, with ginger syrup. Great in a Shandy in this hot weather, too.

        1. I find that Pimm's cups soothe my tummy. Or, Pastis and water. Last summer I made a bunch of shochu (not soju!) coolers with some shiso leaves (muddled), lime juice and either 7up or mineral water - I found them soothing as well.

          But everyone's stomach is probably different.

          1. Tonic and or bitters soothes my tummy! so tonic with a dash of bitters and or a dash of gin:)

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            1. re: quazi

              Good suggestions. So a gin & tonic actually soothes the stomach?

              1. re: Nickmerill

                gin kills my stomach so be careful with that
                bitters are good for your digestion and check for digestive type drinks
                citric acid is also bad for stomachs -so lime drinks may not be for you
                I have heard that raw honey is supposed to help with the bacteria that hurts the stomach (as in ulcer) so you may want to clear your stomach up before getting into cocktails
                I drink scotch and seem to be ok as long as i dont overdue it

            2. I woukl stick to sipping neat drinks. Aged rum, non peaty scotch, smooth bourbons.