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"The other night I was in a restaurant and the waiter suggested an “Italian bitter” as an after-dinner drink. What’s a bitter?" —Dani K. (Berkeley, California)

Bitters are delicious! They are traditionally drunk at the end of the meal (as in your case) to aid digestion or early in the evening before the meal as an exciting aperitif. Most bitters are made from lightly fortified wine that’s been infused with botanicals like quinine bark, wormwood, rhubarb, ginger root, cardamom, gentian, and all manner of spices.

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