by strick What is UNICUM? (Mi van az Unicum?) Also called the “Hungarian National Accelerator”, Unicum is a bitter herbal liquer drunk mostly in Hungary and by Hungarians, although expats and tourists can (and often do) aquire a taste for it. It’s a secret recipe of (i’ve heard) 23 or maybe (below it says) 40 herbal ingredients.
The “Time Out” guide to Budapest describes it as something like (i’m typing this from memory) smells like a hospital corridor, and as bitter as cold winter’s night.
It doesn’t go over well in the states, where Jaegermeister is about as adventuresome as people get. (To me, Jaegermeister tastes like green kool-aid with extra sugar.)
Drink it in shots, with a glass of soda water nearby, in case you need it.
One Hungarian T-Shirt calls it “The best stomach-strengthening liquor”! It’s also considered a tonic, and it is theraputic for a great many ailments. Personally, I strengthen my stomach with it:)
Here’s what some other web pages say about it:
And what is Unicum? Its exact composition cannot be revealed because the recipe is a secret… What may be disclosed, however, is that Unicum is a skilful blend of more than 40 carefully selected herbs and spices. The lengthy ageing process which takes place over 6 months in oak casks gives Unicum its inimitable bitter-sweet flavour and exotic bouquet. Unicum makes a perfect aperitif or dessert drink due to its beneficial and soothing effect on the stomach.
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