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Unicum is a liqueur distilled from more than forty herbs and spices according to a secret recipe which has been in the Zwack family for over 200 years. It is produced by Peter Zwack and his family in a distillery in Budapest, which has stood on the banks of the river Danube for more than 150 years.

The story goes that Dr Joseph Zwack, royal physician to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, served it to the Hapsburg Emperor in 1790 who declared it unique, or Unicum.

Under the communist government, the Unicum distillery moved to Italy and did not return to Hungary until 1989.