abacaty story

The corona crisis has caused many of us to rethink things. In the global deceleration caused by the corona crisis, many people in industrialised countries have questioned their situation, their way of life and also their nutrition.

The SWANG spirits development team were tasked with developing and producing an egg liqueur for our customer in the summer of 2019. 

Our previous soft drinks and spirits contained no animal ingredients. So why should we break with our tradition now? After a lot of thought we turned down our customers because we wanted to continue to produce only products without animal ingredients.

The corona crisis has once again made it clear to us that infections and epidemics can be caused by animals and their factory farming. The first human infection with coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) apparently occurred at a fish market in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province. According to the news, other exotic animals were also offered for sale there. 

That means Covid-19 as another one of the pathogens involved in recent epidemics, which are directly related to animal husbandry or the consumption of animal products. That’s why we don’t want to use any animal ingredients in the manufacture of our products.

During our research on the subject of  advocaat liqueurs we came across an old tradition from the 17th century. In present-day Brazil, European conquerors discovered a drink called "Abacate" among the indigenous people of the Amazon. It’s pronounced ABACATY, which is the Portuguese word for avocado. "Abacate", an alcoholic beverage of the indigenous people in Brazil, which was made with avocado by adding cane sugar and rum.

Dutch colonials of northern Brazil introduced this beverage to Europe as "advocat/advocaat". As avocados could not grow in northern Europe, they were replaced with egg yolk, thought to have a "similar taste" and consistency, and the name derived from the avocado stuck, although the drink no longer contains any. "Abacate"did not contain any animal ingredients. Advocat/advocaat liqueur is really an imitation of this native drink, using chicken eggs instead of fresh avocados.

The indigenous peoples living in Amazonia use and protect the nature surrounding them with deep respect. They live in harmony with nature and give back to nature what they take from it with their harvest, as do avocados. The creamy texture of the drink was created by pureeing avocados. We were really excited about this and wanted to reinterpret this old recipe for people today. That’s how ABACATY spirits were born. 




Now, the SWANG spirits development team under the leadership of the South African master distiller & master blender Kim Weisswange were the very first to succeed in reproducing the old indigenousthe old indigenous recipe and transforming it into a delicious drink for today.  That’s one among many reasons why ABACATY Avocado Cream Liqueur & ABACATY Avocado Dry Spirit will cause a sensation. 



We donate as a thank you to the indigenous population in Amazonia, 2% of our ABACATY annual sales goes to the human rights organisation Survival International. For decades, it has fought alongside the indigenous population in the Amazon region for the protection of their lands. Survival International’s prominent supporters include Richard Gere, Colin Firth, Gillian Anderson and Judi Dench.



The interests of present and future generations as well as economic, ecological and social concerns are at the heart of SWANG’s corporate decisions today. We develop and produce the ABACATY products in environmentally friendly processes with this sense of corporate responsibility. 

With full awareness of our social and ecological responsibility, SWANG GmbH has included sustainable development in its corporate strategy since the company was founded. 

Holism and sustainability are at the foundations of our work. 

Our products are manufactured by hand in a resource-conserving and painstaking way. This genuine craftsmanship allows us to fully exploit the potential of the valuable, natural raw materials and to create products of the highest quality, which fully develop their fragrance and aroma.

We ensure that the transport routes for our raw materials are as climate-neutral as possible.

We avoid genetically modified ingredients out of conviction. And our entire assortment is vegan and produced without harming animals.

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