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A DAO Labs Pre-Dinner Cocktail: The Digestive Harmony Spritz

By John McGarvey /

A DAO Labs Pre-Dinner Cocktail: The Digestive Harmony Spritz

Who says that a classic Italian aperitif can’t be enhanced by Chinese herbs? Not DAO Labs. After all, aperitifs are a slightly sophisticated cocktail enjoyed before a large meal to aid digestion, and in Chinese medicine, health and healing starts in the stomach. We’ll drink to that.

To this end, the DAO Labs team set fourth to boost the classic Aperol Spritz with our Digestive Harmony, thus packing a digestive-benefiting one-two punch to which you’ll want to raise a glass. The results of this Italian-Chinese-inspired digestive cocktail (to both our palates and stomachs) were great, to say nothing of the fun in trying new cocktail ingredients that will become as much a part of your routine as Chinese herbs.

The Aperol Spritz: A Pre-Dinner Digestive Tradition

The Aperol Spritz is a popular Italian ritual, typically enjoyed before your meal. As consummate travelers, we’ve learned that it is undoubtedly the most widespread and commonly enjoyed aperitif in Italy. In addition, it’s an excellent ice-breaker and symbol of a lively atmosphere, helping kick-off an enjoyable time with friends and food.

A word about the herbs: the formula behind Digestive Harmony is great for both short-term and longer-term digestive needs. Our customers love the taste and the convenience factor, with some claiming that it’s done wonders to their digestive systems where other solutions have failed. And that’s the way Chinese medicine doctors intended it: our formula is based on a classic (Bao He Wan), used for years for a variety of gut-related scenarios. We’ve found it equally helpful after a night on the town (a Chinese medicine inspired hangover preventer), offsetting the next day side effects from too much food, drink and celebration.

 Digestive Harmony

In Chinese medicine, your stomach health is significantly impacted by your emotions, over-thinking and stress and anxiety. While your stomach processes all the foods that you consume, Chinese doctors believe it (along with your spleen) helps process your emotions as well. What better way to boost emotional happiness (though we always recommend Emotional Balance as well) than to help support digestion as well? The orange-chai flavors of Digestive Harmony compliment the flavors of Prosecco, while the power of the Chinese herbs boost the digestive properties of the Aperol.

 

The Digestive Harmony Spritz

Following the success of our first Chinese medicine-inspired cocktail, The Qi Ginger (which as the leaves and seasons change should be on your short list….the herbs in this cocktail are particularly useful during cold seasons), our resident mixologist Travis Metzger went to work creating something just as appealing but this time, for your stomach.

 

Digestive Harmony 

Serving Size

 One awesome drink that will aid your digestion

Prep Time

Quick

Ingredients

3 parts Prosecco

2 parts Aperol

1 part soda

½ - 1 Packet of DAO Labs Digestive Harmony

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, dissolve ½ - 1 packet of Digestive Harmony with the Aperol and half the Prosecco. Pour into a tall, large bowl wine glass with ice and add the remainder of the Prosecco and finish with a splash of soda. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy. Your taste buds and your stomach will thank you.

John McGarvey is a co-founder of DAO Labs and a regular contributor to The Way. A frequent visitor to China and Asia for both business and pleasure, he is an avid consumer of Chinese medicine. He can be reached at john@mydaolabs.com.

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