In many cultures, it is customary to start the meal with an alcoholic drink in order to stimulate the taste buds and prepare the stomach for the meal. This drink is called an aperitif, after the Latin word Aperire (open). Aperitifs are divided into 3 main groups: vermouth, aniseed and bitters. It is also customary to finish the meal with digestif drinks to help the digestive system at the end of the meal. That’s why most popular digestif drinks contain special herbs which and a higher percentage of alcohol.