by strick

What is UNICUM? (Mi van az Unicum?)

Also called the "Hungarian National Accelerator", Unicum is a bitter herbal liquer drunk mostly in Hungary and by Hungarians, although expats and tourists can (and often do) aquire a taste for it. It's a secret recipe of (i've heard) 23 or maybe (below it says) 40 herbal ingredients.

The "Time Out" guide to Budapest describes it as something like (i'm typing this from memory) smells like a hospital corridor, and as bitter as cold winter's night.

It doesn't go over well in the states, where Jaegermeister is about as adventuresome as people get. (To me, Jaegermeister tastes like green kool-aid with extra sugar.)

Drink it in shots, with a glass of soda water nearby, in case you need it.

One Hungarian T-Shirt calls it "The best stomach-strengthening liquor"! It's also considered a tonic, and it is theraputic for a great many ailments. Personally, I strengthen my stomach with it :)

Here's what some other web pages say about it:

Das ist ein Unicum!


Read more of   The Yak's Frequently Questioned Answers   (mod.2010-02-10)

441.   What is Conware?   [jake/2006-12-22]
412.   Interested in using Java in Debian?   [jake/2004-08-28]
391.   Is E.B. White of Strunk and White fame the same one who wrote Charlotte's Web?   [overcode/2003-11-03]
339.   R. U. ready to Impeach the Entire Political Mainstream and Dramatically Decrease the Threat of International Terrorism?   [strick/2002-12-06]
319.   why do i get an error "make: don't know how to make /usr/share/tmac/tmac.andoc. Stop" when building a pkg on netbsd?   [jesse/2002-08-10]
314.   How can you talk to deaf people on the phone? (Thanks Mr. Jeff Young)   [jake/2002-05-11]
244.   Does Jeffrey read too many web comics each day?   [strick/2001-06-06]
221.   Where can I find information about odd places in San Francisco?   [rupe/2001-06-04]
184.   Just how many people are their, anyway?   [les/2001-02-22]
168.   What's the Official Fag Razor of the YAK?   [strick/2001-01-29]
74.   How many roads must a man walk down?   [vonguard/2000-04-04]
73.   How many Zelda games are there?   [vonguard/2001-06-25] ( combee/2001-07-10 mennonite/2001-03-27 )
64.   Where are other sites about YAKS (the animals)?   [strick/2000-02-20]
23.   What is an extropian?   [strick/2000-01-19]
16.   Where are the SF Bay Area Cypherpunk physical meetings?   [strick/2001-04-08]