The Zwack family is one of Hungary’s greatest success stories. They produce the country’s most ubiquitous drink: the round, green bottle stamped with a golden cross that holds Unicum, a thick, black bitter, made from more than 40 herbs and spices. Maximilian is one of their newest drinks, which also seems destined to become a classic. This is a brandy distilled from late-harvest Tokaji wine and aged in oak casks. The recipe—first created in 1912 by an ancestor, Maximilian Zwack—was lost during World War Two, only to be rediscovered a few years ago when the Zwacks were rifling through old family documents in search of mementos to display in their museum attached to the Unicum distillery in Budapest. Maximilian is a deliciously smooth, faintly sweet brandy with a floral scent, bottled by hand at the company’s pálinka distillery.