Glasses of Ratafia. / Photo by: Tom Arena
Ratafia is a sweet alcoholic drink that takes different forms and flavors depending on where it’s made. The name, however, has a similar origin story everywhere.
“It comes from the Latin phrase rata fiat, which means ‘the deal has been made,’ says Dan Oskey, cofounder of Tattersall Distilling. “The history revolves around ratifying legal or political matters, where both parties would share a drink after signing documents.”