Jeppsons Malort


Jeppson’s Malört is Chicago’s local beskbrännvin — a style of bitter, wormwood-based, Swedish schnapps. First developed during medieval times for its supposed medicinal benefits, it’s traditionally associated with the farms of Skåne, in Sweden, where wormwood grows wild. In the early 1900s, it was the most ubiquitous drink in Sweden and accompanied the nearly 1 million Swedes who immigrated to the U.S. during that period.

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Jeppson’s Malort is a Chicago version of the traditional Swedish liquor Bäsk which is flavored with wormwood (“malört”).  Of course, wormwood is associated with absinthe, and less so with vermouth, but it has been used in alcoholic beverages for centuries as a tonic and a flavoring agent.  Through the decades, Jeppson’s Malört has been thought of as a rite of passage and even a purported hangover cure. But we think it is more than that — Jeppson’s Malört is a drink that has helped define the Chicago bar experience.

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