We Asked 17 Drinks Pros: What’s the Best After-Dinner Drink?

Dessert may be some folks’ favorite course, but here at VinePair, we believe the best way to end a meal involves a tipple or two. From cocktails and cordials to wines and digestifs, the act of consuming after-dinner drinks is a long-standing tradition. And thanks to the rise of craft cocktails and the resurgence of amari in recent years, the nightcap has returned with vigor.

Today’s after-dinner drinks take many forms and range from customary digestion-aiding drinks and dessert wines to intricate specialty cocktails. If you’re new to the movement and are just entering your grown-up after-dinner drinking phase, finding the right sip to fit your preference can be daunting — especially in today’s Espresso Martini-laden landscape. To help guide you, we’ve polled a team of experts. Ahead, bartenders, sommeliers, and other beverage pros share their favorite drinks to sip post-meal.

The Best After-Dinner Drinks, According to Drinks Pros

  • negroni
  • Jean-Marc Roulot L’Abricot Liqueur
  • Palm wine
  • Underberg
  • Forthave
  • Carajillo
  • Ferrari
  • Chartreuse VEP
  • Drambuie
  • Braulio
  • Pineau
  • Kijoshu
  • 2000 D’Oliveiras Malvasia Colheita Madeira
  • Francoli Antico Amaro Novelis Liqueur
  • Averna

“My cocktail of choice is always Negroni, and is, of course, served over one big ice cube. The most interesting Negroni I think I’ve ever had was in Positano a month ago. It was fermented in butter for 24 days before serving.” —Justin Moran, founder, The Hidden Sea, South Australia

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