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Chester Browne, Mount Gay’s head mixologist will be joining the fray to answer questions and even mix up a few drinks with us. Come join the fun, mix drinks and chat with us or just lurk..

Every week cocktail bloggers, bartenders, enthusiasts, experts, and novices get together for a virtual cocktail party mixing drinks in real time,tweaking, rearranging etc until the night is gone and well into the morning. Its tons of fun!

So join me and the rest of the TDN crew this coming Thursday for TDN: Mount Gay Extra Old!



Since 1790 the Hungarian company Zwack – founded by József Zwack – has made among others the bitter Unicum which was introduced in the US by Diaego in the new version which in the US is called Zwack.

When i received the little round bottle of Zwack i found that i`m really liking it, its a cute yummy little bottle containing a yummy liqueur.  The Zwack which in Europe is sold as “Unicum Next” is less bitter and more citrusy than the original Unicum. It contains more than 40 herbs and is aged in oak casks for at least six months.

I have a love for bitter tastes and when i tried Zwack i liked it, but its actually not that bitter, rather its herbal-spicy with citrus tones and the nose has hints of cough medecine. My overall thought on this one is that if you like Campari, Fernet or Unicum you`ll like Zwack. But Zwack is much less bitter than these so maybe its even a good starter for those who haven´t tried these bitter liqueurs.

Zwack is traditionally drunk as a shot with 1-1.5 oz Zwack and is served ice cold.

In the mixoloseum chat room it was suggested by Erik over at Underhill Lounge to try the Zwack in a Picon Punch replacing the Amer Picon with Zwack.The recipe for the Picon Punch at the Gumbo Pages looks really tasty, but any Amer Picon i didin´t have (not sold here)  and so i did what i call a Zwack Punch.

The Picon Punch recipe is as follows:

PICON PUNCH – The National Drink of the Basques

2 ounces Amer Picon (Torani Amer)
Few dashes of grenadine
Soda water
Lemon peel
1/2 ounce brandy (optional)

To do it Italian-style, coat the inside of a tumbler with grenadine. Add the Amer and ice, top with about 4 ounces soda and stir. Twist the lemon peel over the drink and garnish. If you feel the cockles of your heart need further warming, float a tablespoon or so of brandy on top.



2 ounces Zwack
Few dashes of grenadine
Soda water
Lemon peel
1/2 ounce brandy (optional)

Proceed as in the recipe above. I find this drink quite tasty if drunk in a small glass, more would be too much. I can see this one after a heavy meal now and then and also as a night cap sometimes. The round bottle is really a cute little thing and the name alone and then that cross on the label makes it look really interesting.

I read somewhere its the sexiest bottle on earth,  is it?