Apéritifs and digestifs may seem like something only to be enjoyed on late summer evenings or holidays, but you probably partake in this mealtime ritual more often than you think! A glass of wine while waiting for your food to cook, or a relaxing tipple to wind down afterwards? 

Here, we’ll give you everything you need to know about apéritifs and digestifs, as well as which of our delicious drinks to enjoy with your food. 

What Are Apéritifs and Digestifs?

That’s easy. Apéritifs and digestifs are drinks that are consumed before and after a meal respectively. Usually taken with an evening meal, apéritifs and digestifs are typically alcoholic.

The purpose of having an apéritif before dinner is to stimulate the appetite and prepare for food. Digestifs, on the other hand, are drunk after a meal to help digestion. Digestifs commonly are taken after, or instead of, coffee. 

It is believed that apéritifs and digestifs have been in existence since at least the 5th century. They became widespread in Italy during the 17th century, and in the 19th century, were introduced to France. 


Drinks commonly used as apéritifs include ouzo, vermouth champagne and gin.

Tamar Tipple Spirit of Lanson Dry Cornish Gin

Gins are fresh and crisp, making them perfect for apéritifs. Our Dry Cornish gin has classic forward tones of juniper, hints of coriander and is bright and refreshing. Apéritifs are typically enjoyed neat, but why not liven up your pre-meal routine by adding this to a cocktail?

Tamar Tipple Blackberry & Elderflower Gin Liqueur 

In the autumn, this gin liqueur with flavours of the hedgerow would be perfect before a roast dinner around the fire. A deep, fruity and well-rounded liqueur, the Blackberry & Elderflower Gin Liqueur is perfect on its own or added to something sparkly like champagne. 


Brandies are best for your after dinner digestifs, and we have some delicious options.

Tamar Tipple Peach Brandy Liqueur

This peachy and fruit liqueur can be enjoyed after dessert, and can even be poured over it! 

Tamar Tipple Apple Brandy Liqueur

This brandy liqueur is infused with fresh apples for a crisp flavour. Perfect for ending the evening on a high note, or just getting the night started.


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