Photo: The Bitter Truth
Oh, really? But I put a sock in my cynicism once I saw the elixir's pedigree. It's crafted by the Bitter Truth, makers of a marvelous line of cocktail bitters, including a killer celery creation that has a home in my bar. (Seriously, it is the goodness, especially in a gin and tonic.) E**X**R, the release continued, is "at once velvety smooth and clean, aromatic and herbaceous." It could tart up a pre-dinner Manhattan (not my cup o' tea) or be savored "neat after a rich meal to aid digestion." Sold! Since I like to eat till my belly resembles a bowling ball, I requested a sample.
In my lifetime of overeating, I've become intimately acquainted with digestifs. To move food along, I'll often tip back a taste of Fernet Branca, Italian Averna or maybe even Jägermeister -- yes, that black nectar began as a wind-me-down, not a pick-me-up.