Jägermeister is an herbal, bitter liqueur from Germany made of a secret blend of over 50 herbs, fruits, and spices. It is a popular spirit and one that you will be able to find in almost any bar and liquor store you walk into.
In the past, Jäger (as it's popularly known) gained a notorious reputation because it can get you very drunk, very fast. This is due mostly to its use in shooters, especially the infamous Jäger bomb. Jägermeister's reputation is one of those love-hate perceptions that come with many of the stronger distilled spirits which are often abused (just look at tequila's reputation).
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The surfer on acid has been a popular drink for some time, and it is one of the best ways to enjoy Jägermeister. The taste is surprising, and the recipe is extremely easy to follow.
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The fright night in the grove is another Jäger mixed drink with a slightly tropical flair. Grapefruit juice becomes the star fruit of this recipe, and Jäger dominates this cocktail, while (in an unusual twist) reposado tequila takes a backseat. When it's sweetened with simple syrup, then finished off with grapefruit, it comes together quite nicely.
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If you need more proof that Jägermeister can work in tropical drinks, try the German vacation. For this recipe, Jäger stands beside a nice gold rum. Add to that both ginger and orgeat syrups, a touch of lemon, then a healthy dose of Peychaud's bitters. The depth of flavors is quite impressive, and you'll enjoy it to the very last sip.
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Seriously, it's like a root beer float with Jäger! The inside scoop is great fun and, though it seems a little off the wall, you simply have to try it.
Not only does the recipe bring Jäger into the mix, but the entire drink begins by spraying the glass with Yellow Chartreuse. That enhances the herbal complexity and, when root beer and ice cream are added, it becomes a most intriguing indulgence.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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If you can't imagine Jäger can hold its own in fancy martini-like cocktails, it's time to rethink its image. The herbal blend is a great base for high-end drinks; you just have to get past its party animal stigma.
Case in point, the widow maker. This mix of vodka, coffee liqueur, and grenadine is quite the delight, and it's easy to mix up. Surprise your friends, but don't let them see the Jäger bottle. They'll never guess your secret ingredient.
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It is not that big of a stretch if you think about it. After all, gin is a blend of botanicals, just like Jäger, the two simply approach it in a different way. Pairing the liqueur with dry vermouth and bitters brings that classic cocktail into the modern age. Try it and see what you think.
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As an herbal liqueur, Jäger comes to life when it's heated up. In the winter warmer mulled sangria, it forms a fantastic spiced background for pomegranate and cranberry, which are married for an entire week. When it's time for your party, you'll warm the brew with mulling spices to give it a comforting depth that will please all your guests.
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Beyond the Jäger Bomb, the liqueur makes an appearance in a number of other party shots. The oatmeal cookie could be considered a staple in the world of shots. It's an old favorite and extremely tasty, which is why it's been popular for so long. This one is a mix of Jäger and Irish cream with a hint of butterscotch and cinnamon. Surprisingly, it really does taste like the cookie.
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Some people in the cocktail scene scoff at the red-headed slut, but countless others still enjoy it. The shot popped up at the end of the 20th century when many drink names were anything but politically correct and remains quite popular today.
For all the debate about this shot, there's something enjoyable about downing a drink with Jäger, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. It will not go unnoticed and will give you a sweet shock. It's rather close to an adult version of Kool-Aid.
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If you're looking for a shooter that has all the kick of a Jäger bomb, but without the energy drink, you might try the liquid cocaine. To make it, you will need Jäger, Goldschläger, and Rumple Minze. It's an interesting trio that will almost certainly knock you back on the bar stool. Yet, drinkers keep coming back for more.