The original Becherovka was created by a British doctor Frobrig. He passed down the recipe to Josef Becher who perfected it and initially put it on the market as a medical remedy in 1807, under the name English Bitter. Despite the political and war turmoil in the 20th century, Becherovka remained a leading Czech product and is still produced according to the original, secret recipe.

It is made with a combination 20 different spices and herbs that are macerated in alcohol to create a base which is then cut with water and sugar and left to age in oak casks. Becherovka is traditionally enjoyed neat or over ice, but it can also work well in cocktails, out of which the most popular is Beton—a combination of Becherovka and tonic water that was invented in 1967 for the international EXPO exhibition in Montreal.

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