Before Flannista's birthday month ends, she would like to share nowayasista's birthday gift to her -- something he dragged all the way back from Europe: a 3-pack of Underberg.
After extensive research, Flann learned that Underberg is a digestive aid. The German single-serving of 20 ml (just over a half ounce) bottles wrapped in brown paper are meant to be downed in one shot after a heavy meal to make it easier to digest your food. The flavor is supposedly (Flann hasn't tried one yet) herbal: a combination of cloves, cinnamon, mint, eucalyptus and . . . it's 88 proof -- 44 percent alcohol.
Here's a sophisticated description of Underberg from Peter Meehan in the New York Times Style magazine:
The aftertaste lingers, present but not overwhelming, as a coating of nonspecific but blatantly medicinal herbal flavors slowly suffuses from the throat to the lungs and eyes. Relief is immediate.
Then there’s the Underberg bottle, with its octagonal neck and natural paper printed with textured and lustrously glossy ink. The green cap is printed with a red crest, one of a number of symbols and signatures of the brand that give it the lure of a secret Masonic society beverage, not a Spuds MacKenzie-worthy party one.
Flann has to wonder what noway thinks about Underberg being perceived as part of "a secret Masonic society beverage". Should a cowpoke drink Underberg? Should you? Click here to watch an early Underberg commercial to help you decide.