Jeppson's Malört

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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. One of those immigrants was a man from Ystad, Skåne named Carl Jeppson.

During Prohibition, Mr. Jeppson was into the business of producing legal “medicinal alcohol,” and sold his brand of besk bar-to-bar. After repeal, Malört was a staple of every Swedish bar on Clark St and by that time he had sold his recipe to Bielzoff Products Co., a Chicago distillery. George Brode, Bielzoff owner, helped push Jeppson’s Malört beyond its Swedish origins by introducing it to Chicago’s Polish population, who in turn introduced it to the rest of Chicago.

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. So, join us for a shot, or a cocktail! As George Brode used to say- “You may not like the first, but after the second shot, you’ll be ours forever!” Skål!


  • Malort, kick your mouth in the balls!
  • Malort, when you need to unfriend someone IN PERSON.
  • Malort, tonight's the night you fight your dad.
  • Malort, the Champagne of pain.
  • Malort, turning taste-buds into taste-foes for generations.
  • Drink Malort, it's easier than telling people you have nothing to live for.
  • Malort, what soap washes its mouth out with.
  • Malort, these pants aren't going to sh** themselves.
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2 Reviews

Randy Howells Jul 12th 2019

"Champagne of Pain"

I bought a bottle of this stuff at recommendation of some friends, and honestly didn't know what to expect. It's a Chicago tradition, so I knew it was gonna be tough as steel, whatever it was. The initial flavor is great, but man that aftertaste! About halfway through the bottle (yes, I drank it to myself in one night) I finally got used to it. By the end of the bottle, Malört became my new favorite drink. Buy it, drink it. It'll put hair on places you didn't know you had places.

Jonathan Duncan Jun 25th 2019

Malort! "Tonight's the night you fight your Dad!"

Well as far as ratings go, this beverage doesn't exactly fit the 5-Star mold, but the fun surrounding drinking such an awful drink is priceless. Buy yourself a bottle (or 2), gather your drinking buddies, pour a round of shots, watch the YouTube skit on it, and let the fun begin!! You may regret it, but it'll create some great stories.

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