It is not my intention to turn your head to things alcoholical, but.....starting a meal without an aperitif is, for me, not nice!
I'm not talking about the things many people like, 'French' or Greek or Italian, made mainly from anis (which I hate) and tasting horrible, but rather of those special, subtle concoctions made basically from wine and herbs. From this .........(with Crème de Cassis called 'A Kir'..... to these... generally classed as 'vermouths' Personally, I find the 'vermouths natural' to be the best, although the famous 'Gin and Tonic' is nice too.
apero' but up to 5 or 6, and Pastis kills the taste buds. Strange - they prepare and offer wonderful food you can't taste because your mouth is frozen or numbed from the pastis!
Never mind, the French often think otherwise!
Many centuries ago, when coolers were not available, our ancestors were not dumb!
They realised that strong alcohol (and vinegar as well as smoking etc) could arrange most 'digestive' problems, either by putting it in with the product or simply drinking it AFTER eating the product!
I personally have been forced to stop taking these delicious things, except if and when I feel a slight 'queasiness' after eating something, normally if I've been out somewhere!
A simple 'slug/shot' direct from the bottle does the job.
An hour or so later - all is 'paletti'....!
I learnt, in Germany, so many stories of little old ladies who drank, every evening, before going to bed, their 'keep me safe tonight' stuff.......
I detested them, they belong to the 'bitters' group, are very strong in alcohol, which explained why the old ladies slept so well!
Again - you still have your wine to choose for the meal, and all that can make a lot of alcohol, so watch out!
And....again, Wikipaedia tells us.....
- Brandy (Cognac, Armagnac, alambric)
- Fortified wines (sherry (usually cream sherry), vermouth, port, and madeira)
- Liqueurs bitter or sweet (drambuie, amari, herbal liqueur, chartreuse, Grand Marnier, Irish Mist,Kahlua, limoncello)
- Distilled liquors (ouzo, tequila, whisky or akvavit)
- Liquor cocktails (Black Russian, Rusty Nail, etc.)