After a massive, multi-part feast with many glasses of wine, what does your stomach want? Probably, a digestif. For centuries, thoughtful gluttons have opined that a meal capper of strong booze will ease digestion. The science may be out on that, but there's no doubt that an intensely-flavored dram feels right at the end of the night.
Sadly, digestifs—which range from sweet liqueurs to warming brandies—have fallen out of fashion. But Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring them back. Here, a few of the best digestifs to guarantee your post-binge comfort (or happiness, at least).
The two premiere regions for French brandy are Armagnac and Cognac. While Armagnac is produced using alembic stills and Cognac is made with pot stills, both are distilled from wine, both are aged in oak and both are classic French ways to end a meal. Chest warming, a snifter of Cognac or Armagnac will both refresh and ready you for a pleasant nap.
Bottles to try: Marnier XO Cognac ($174), a superbly mellow, nutty spirit. Tariquet XO Bas-Armagnac ($63), Armagnacs are typically fruitier than Cognacs and this is no exception with nice bright notes of candied lemon.