Unicum is a Hungarian herbal bitters, drunk as a digestif and apéritif.
Unicum is an herbal digestif liqueur. The liqueur is today produced by Zwack (a Hungarian company, founded by József Zwack, producing a variety of traditional Hungarian liquors and wine) according to a secret formula of more than forty herbs, and the drink is aged in oak casks.
During the Socialist regime in Hungary, the Zwack family lived in exile in New York and Chicago, and during this time, Unicum being then produced in Huungary using a different formula. However, before moving to the States, Janos Zwack had entrusted a family friend in Milan with the production of Unicum based on the original recipe. After the fall of communism, Péter Zwack returned to Hungary and resumed production of the original Unicum.
Recently Zwack has launched "Unicum Next", a thinner-bodied drink with a more prominent citrus flavour. Unicum is regarded as one of the national drinks of Hungary. The production facility offers tours which include a tasting session of the three different varieties (Unicum, Unicum Next, and Millenicum). Though Millenicum was a special edition, it can still be found at a few retailers. It is somewhat stronger than the original, with a slightly sweeter aftertaste.
Unicum is available through select spirits distributors throughout the United States, as is Unicum Next, re-branded as "Zwack". Zwack Frissitők is a pineapple-based version of the drink.
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Unicum – Hungarian Liqueur, thehungariangirl.com
What is UNICUM? (Mi van az Unicum?), www.yak.net