Food & Drink

5 Things to Drink When You Have an Upset Stomach

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You just finished a delicious, five-course meal when it hits you—the indigestion turns to nausea as you go through the stages of regretting eating too much in one sitting. The thought of hitting a bar now feels impossible, as you can’t imagine fitting one more thing into your stomach. But don’t worry; there are spirits and other beverages that not only help you digest, but also settle an upset stomach if you’re feeling woozy. Whether you’re stuffed, nauseous from a bumpy car ride or simply feeling under the weather, these five drinks will help to settle an upset stomach.


Maybe you’ve had too much to eat, and your body is struggling with digestion. Or, perhaps you’ve done some day drinking, and your stomach is feeling off. A shot of fernet is the answer to all of your ailments. If fernet is too herbal for your taste, there are plenty of other Italian amari from which to choose. But if you want to handle things like a bartender, you’ll take that earthy, bitter shot.

Bitters and Soda

If you crave the stomach-settling properties of ginger ale but don’t want the sugar, pour yourself a large glass of bubbly club soda and top with a generous helping of bitters. After all, bitters started out as a medicinal remedy before they became a bartending mainstay, so their curative properties are time tested. We recommend topping club soda with 10 or so dashes anytime you’re feeling queasy or an hour after any meal to further aid with digestion.

Dolin Genepy des Alpes

This is another one of our favorite digestifs to imbibe after a particularly big meal. Named after the Alpine herb genepy, Dolin has been making this pungent, herbaceous liqueur since 1821. It’s minty on the palate, and a multi-course dinner doesn’t stand a chance when you follow it with a glass of this pale green-yellow liquid. That said, if you’re stomach is upset from anything other than a large dinner, genepy might not help to settle it.

Ginger Beer

There’s a reason your parents gave you ginger ale when you were sick with the flu as a child. Ginger helps to settle the stomach, whether you’re suffering from nausea or the effects of over eating or drinking. While a natural ginger ale is always a good option, ginger beer contains a (very) light alcoholic kick (about .5 percent) to make you feel extra fine. If you’re feeling a little uneasy but still want to indulge in a cocktail, a ginger beer-spiked Moscow Mule or Dark ‘N’ Stormy is always a good option. Or, if you want to go straight to the source, fresh ginger cocktails can help to settle your stomach and offer anti-inflammatory properties to boot.

Bonded Whiskey

Many folks enjoy a nice glass of whiskey after a big meal because it cuts the richness of meaty or cream-heavy dishes, and prepares the body for digestion. Kick it into overdrive with a bonded whiskey, which comes in at a whopping 100 proof. Back in the day, whiskey was also used as a form of medicine, and people still drink Hot Toddies when they’re feeling under the weather. So while we don’t recommend loading up on too many when you’re sick, we can attest to the fact that a hearty bonded whiskey has the power to settle an upset stomach with a single dram.