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Any drink easy on the tummy?

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Nickmerill Jul 22, 2011 11:07 AM

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. barleywino RE: Nickmerill Jul 22, 2011 11:39 AM

    if you have access to an Asian grocery (also available on amazon.com 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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      TroyTempest RE: barleywino Jul 25, 2011 10:41 AM

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

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        ncyankee101 RE: TroyTempest Jul 25, 2011 10:56 AM

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

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        Tripeler RE: barleywino Aug 4, 2011 03:27 AM

        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.

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          barleywino RE: Tripeler Aug 4, 2011 05:37 PM

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

      3. kaleokahu RE: Nickmerill Jul 22, 2011 02:29 PM

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

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          akq RE: Nickmerill Jul 23, 2011 03:13 PM

          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.

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            quazi RE: Nickmerill Jul 24, 2011 11:26 AM

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

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              Nickmerill RE: quazi Jul 24, 2011 08:30 PM

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

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                ROCKLES RE: Nickmerill Jul 27, 2011 10:49 AM

                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

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              budnball RE: Nickmerill Jul 27, 2011 12:21 PM

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

              1. Up With Olives RE: Nickmerill Jul 27, 2011 02:09 PM

                Bitters or amari will do the trick. If you can handle bubbles, a simple selzter with Angostura bitters is always nice. Maybe with a twist of orange or lemon peel. For something with booze, explore the wonderful world of amari: Averna, Campari, Aperol, &c. Or even just a nice vermouth on the rocks, or a Duplex cockail: half Italian vermouth, half French vermouth, with a dash of Angostura bitters.

                1. tim irvine RE: Nickmerill Jul 29, 2011 08:02 PM

                  I find Amontillado calms my stomach.

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                    Up With Olives RE: tim irvine Aug 2, 2011 09:14 AM

                    Great idea!

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                    AdamD RE: Nickmerill Aug 4, 2011 03:58 AM

                    +1 on the milk
                    white russians

                    and rum or jack and coke

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                      painperdu RE: Nickmerill Aug 4, 2011 04:49 AM

                      Campari. With a non-acidic mix, if you like. In Italy, you can get small premixed bottles of Campari and soda. I found it the perfect therapy for tummy upset by DH's navigation of coastal roads and hairpin turns. We had frequent cappuccino and Campari stops.

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                        EvergreenDan RE: painperdu Aug 4, 2011 05:04 AM

                        That would be enough to make me jerk the steering wheel back and forth even when the road is straight.

                      2. scarmoza RE: Nickmerill Aug 4, 2011 05:50 PM

                        Hops are believed to ease abdominal pain and indigestion . Do you like IPAs?

                        1. pork_chop RE: Nickmerill Aug 17, 2011 12:11 PM

                          Fernet Branca!

                          http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...

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