di·​ges·​tif | \ ˌdē-zhes-ˈtēf How to pronounce digestif (audio) \

Definition of digestif

: an alcoholic drink (such as brandy or a liqueur) usually taken after a meal

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Recent Examples on the Web For extra, diners can start with caviar and Champagne or conclude a meal with a digestif and sweets. The Washington Post, "Ask Tom: Readers respond to my story on takeout packaging," 23 Sep. 2020 But improbably, the Swedish-style digestif is growing in popularity in Texas, with last year’s sales 29 percent higher than in 2018. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "In DFW, the improbable rise of Malort, the liqueur people love to loathe," 16 Jan. 2020 The result is a smooth, dark liqueur with notes of chocolate and citrus, perfect for savoring as an aperitif or a digestif—a substitute for dessert, or as a less-sweet alternative to port. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "This Italian Spirit Is Perfect for Holiday Drinking," 21 Dec. 2019 My own introduction to the joys of the digestif came many years ago at Restaurant Hélène Darroze in Paris. Washington Post, "With dessert wine, turn the end of your meal into a grand finale," 13 Dec. 2019 The fruit-forward is a powerful one, ideal for pairing with food or even serving as a digestif after a meal. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Champagnes and Sparkling Wines Worth Popping for All Your Holiday Festivities," 1 Dec. 2019 Europeans have a long history of drinking herbal liqueurs as aperitifs and digestifs — think German Jagermeister, French gentian liqueurs, the vast range of Italian amari. Washington Post, "Chartreuse liqueur’s popularity has soared. But how do you market the elixir without offending the monks who make it?," 19 Nov. 2019 Out on the patio, chic bistro tables overlook the super-yachts on the water, wisteria vines frame the terrace, and digestifs are assembled on an antique bar cart. Amy Louise Bailey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: La Terrazza at Belmond Hotel Splendido," 10 Oct. 2019 All the wines will pair well with the food, Alonso says, and the cocktail list is deliberately small, with a focus on digestifs and aperitifs. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Spanish and Portuguese seafood restaurant and wine bar hits West Town, plus more Chicago restaurant news," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of digestif

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for digestif

French, literally, digestive

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“Digestif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digestif. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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