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Aug 11, 2004 09:56 PM

Looking for Hungarian Liquor - Zwack Unicum

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I am looking for a Hungarian liquor called Zwack Unicum. I have called Binny's and a Hungarian grocer in Skokie to no avail. A Hungarian friend is having a housewarming and I thought this would be a great gift (along with a couple of bottles of Bull's Blood wine). No one seems to have heard of this liquor, although the online sources make it sound like the national liquor of Hungary. Please help!

I could order it online, but would prefer to get it locally if possible.



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  1. If anyone has a better recommendation for a Hungarian liquor and where to find it, I would be interested in that as well.



    1. In a thread a little ways down the board on German spirits, Eldon Kreider provided a link to what's available at Delicatessen Meyer in Lincoln Square. They list "Unicum" (under Bitters), along with many other German and non-German offerings. Hope this is what you are looking for.

      Delicatessen Meyer
      4750 N. Lincoln Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60625
      Phone: 773-561-3377


      1. I am pretty sure I've seen Zwack at Cardinal Liquors. If you've never been there, it's a great place to go and ogle all the wacky liquors from all over the world. They also have a pretty good selection of more run of the mill wine, beer, etc. It's not where I would go if I was looking for a specific wine, though, or even a recommendation. Also note, they do carry Bull's Blood.

        Cardinal Liquors
        3501 N. Central
        Chicago 60634

        1. Unicum is available at Delicatessen Meyer, as stated above. I've purchased it there before. Yum.

          1. Try calling Avondale Liquor Store, 3018 N Milwaukee, phone 773-227-1793. In the heart of the old Polish commercial strip, they carry a lot of unusual Middle-European items. If they don't have what you want and you haven't found it elsewhere, ask them who carries Hungarian liquors. Avondale has been in business a while and probably knows who's got what.