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?

11 Replies to “ZWACK!”

  1. You will like it as much as we do! Just be sure to prepare the cocktail with proper measurements: 1.5-2oz Zwack and 6 oz energy drink. Cheers!

  2. You guys and gals has convinced me i should at least try the zwack attack..mixing booze and energy drinks isn`t my thing but this one need a try.You never know what you`ll discover until you try it.

  3. Im with Katy on that one! The Zwack Attack, besides a ice cold shot, is the best way to consume zwack. I tried it one night at a bar the girls were doing a promotion at and my friends and I were instant fans. Anyone come up with some other clever recipes?

  4. I usually prefer Zwack Attack (bomb style with energy drink) or Hungarian Surfer (Zwack, Parrot Bay Coconut, & pineapple juice), but Zwack Punch sounds awesome! I can’t wait to try it. I think I just found my Halloween Party beverage of choice!!!!!!

  5. I was just offered Zwack at a bar the other night! I’m not usually a shot girl, but I liked Zwack. Definitely different from everything else out there!

  6. I can’t wait to try the Zwack punch! I recently became a Zwack fan as I discovered it about 2 months ago. So far I like it bomb style with red bull and I am also a bloody Mary fan and found its a great sub to vodka!

  7. Thanks Tiare… I believe you’re right. Noticed that in that Wikipedia article…after posting it. Heh! I’ll have to give it a try. Unicum is definitely…um…unique!

  8. Nathan, those vodka bottles are nice! but i also like the Zwack bottle, its cool.

    Chris, i read that Swack is not exactly the same as Unicum, its slightly less bitter and more citrusy. Its sold in Europe as Unicum next.


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