In many cultures, it is customary to start the meal with an alcoholic drink in order to stimulate the taste buds and prepare the stomach for the meal. This drink is called an aperitif, after the Latin word Aperire (open). Aperitifs are divided into 3 main groups: vermouth, aniseed and bitters. It is also customary to finish the meal with digestif drinks to help the digestive system at the end of the meal. That’s why most popular digestif drinks contain special herbs which and a higher percentage of alcohol.
A little bit about aperiftifs and digestifs
Aperitifs are drinks customarily consumed prior to a meal, to stimulate the creation of stomach juices and increase the appetite.
Digestifs are drinks customarily consumed after a meal and contain many herbs that assist the digestion process.
בניצחונך - הרווחת כוס שמפניה, אך בתבוסתך - אתה זקוק לה