Jäger Bomb

Jäger Bomb recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 drink

Very popular at the bar, you will often see groups of people drinking Jäger bombs together. You will either love it or hate it; there's not much middle ground with this potent shot. One thing that is certain is that it's a drink every bartender should know. It requires no mixing and it's so easy that anyone can make it.

Jägermeister is a strong liqueur with a slight anise taste. The "depressant" effects of the alcohol are offset by the energy drink Red Bull that the shot is dropped into, which can definitely help keep the party going. However, this is not a shot for the faint of heart and it's very easy to have one too many without realizing it. The best advice: Take it easy on the Jäger bombs.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Jägermeister
  • 6 ounces (1/2 can) Red Bull Energy Drink

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Fill a shot glass with Jägermeister. Pour half a can of Red Bull into a pint glass.

    Ingredients for a Jäger Bomb, shot glass of Jägermeister and Red Bull in a pint glass

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  2. Drop the shot glass into the taller glass.

    Drop a shot glass of Jägermeister into a pint glass of Red Bull

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  3. Drink immediately and enjoy.

    Jäger Bomb on a white marble table

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Tips

  • Some people prefer to pour the shot of Jäger directly into the Red Bull, forgoing the "bomb" altogether. This can make it easier to drink and doesn't alter the taste.
  • If you opt for the drop, be careful so the shot glass doesn't hit your teeth hard and crack a tooth while drinking.
  • Another fun option is to use a quaffer double bubble glass. It's a special style of shot glass with two stacked bulbs and the design automatically creates layers when used with a mixer and a liquor. Fill the bottom with the energy drink, pour Jägermeister on top, then drink it in one gulp.

How Strong Is a Jäger Bomb?

Despite its notorious status, the Jäger bomb is not a very strong drink. Its alcohol content is just 7 percent ABV (14 proof), or slightly stronger than the average beer. As many people can attest, it can lead to a vicious hangover, though.


A lot of the drink's reputation for getting people really drunk likely comes from drinking too much. The combination of Jäger's herbs with the energy drink is also intense. For some people, it may have negative effects on the body, causing you to feel worse than you might with straight alcohol.

Recipe Variations

  • If you have a favorite energy drink other than Red Bull, there's nothing wrong with pouring that instead. But do realize that you will get Red Bull when ordering it at a bar.
  • If you enjoy the interactive play that is a "drop shot," try the Irish slammer. It drops a shot of Irish whiskey and Irish cream into a half-pint of Guinness.

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