As for bars/restaurants the Bohemian Beer garden, Koliba, Club 21, and Zlata Praha in Astoria all I think used to serve it. I haven't been able to get it the last few times at the Beer Garden though, with there being a suggestion from the waitress that there were some distributor issues. Zlata Praha defintley still served it the last time I went a few months ago.
That area might be a good place to look though. Grand Liqours on 30th ave usually has a pretty extensive collection of eastern European drinks. Now if I could only find Unicum.
Three days ago I'd never heard of the stuff. Then I saw this posting. Now it seems it's everywhere. It was on the shelf yesterday in BevMo (big box California wine and spirits chain retailer) when I stopped in to pick up a bottle of Cointreau which they had on sale. Next stop is my local well-stocked liquor store for Cocchino Americano and what do I see in a featured display? You guessed it.
Seems Pernod Richard, the importer, is making a big marketing push, so I wouldn't be surprised if you don't begin seeing it soon.
So, what is the stuff? How do you use it? The guy at the liquor store says it's a bitter, herbal liqueur somewhat akin to chartreuse. Is that right?
re: Gustavo Glenmorangie
Yes, it is somewhat bitter and definitely herbal. Existential Hero on this forum created the following. Since he (she?) didn't name it, I just when eponymous:
3/4 oz Blanco tequila
3/4 oz White rum
3/4 oz Orange liqueur
3/4 oz Becherovka
1 t Amaretto
3/4 oz Lime
Shake, Rocks, Lowball
Interesting spice, slight bitter aftertaste (good), rather like a more interesting Margarita. Good balance of orange and almond. I used Gran Gala for the orange liqueur, and I think I may have dialed back the Amaretto (Luxardo) from the original.
More details: http://www.kindredcocktails.com/cockt...
I couldn't find it in the 5 boroughs, but I found it in 4 places in Jersey hope this helps:
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PS: For the links that don't take you straight to the product just plug in "Becherovka".
There was a shortage or an absence here in Boston at least. Maybe with its Christmas-like, winter-y spices, it's only here seasonally? I've seen it a lot more places within the last few weeks.
I know that one of the Eastern Standard bartenders had to scramble a few months ago and borrow some to compete with his recipe for the Benedictine contest. Now that bar has the Metamorphosis (Becherovka as the base spirit) back on the menu.