Widow Maker Cocktail

Jagermeister Widow Maker Cocktail
Even Jagermeister can have a gentle side and, despite the name, you will find it in this Widow Maker. Gazimal/The Image Bank/Getty Images
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
212 Calories
2g Fat
25g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 212
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Protein 11g
Calcium 10mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

With a name like widow maker, you might expect a very intense drink, but it's actually a rather mild cocktail. Yet, it may be appropriate if you drink one too many. That might be easy to do because it's not only a unique (and fancy) way to enjoy Jägermeister, it's also rather delicious.

The recipe pairs the herbal power of Jagermeister with vodka, which helps smooth out the somewhat notorious liqueur. Adding a coffee liqueur gives the drink a nice dimension while the grenadine brings in a bit of sweetness.

Overall, it's an inviting taste and a recipe you'll likely come back to again. Enjoy it with friends, during happy hour, or with dinner. It makes a nice alternative to the average dessert cocktail or Jager shot and Jägermeister is actually more often enjoyed as a digestif in Germany, where it is made.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • Choose a premium vodka for this cocktail to ensure the taste meets your expectations. Pouring a low-quality vodka will bring the drink's quality down and this is designed to be a fine cocktail, not just another Jägermeister drink.
  • For the coffee liqueur, Kahlua may be the obvious choice because it's the most popular. There are others you might like to try, including Firelit and the coffee options from Leopold Bros., St. George Spirits, and New Deal. And, if you're in the mood for an experiment, this is a great recipe to try out a homemade coffee liqueur.
  • Though you can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste, it's often best to keep the first three equal. Definitely try not to go overboard on the Jägermeister in order to retain a good balance of flavors.

Recipe Variations

  • If you need a touch more sweetness, add another drop of grenadine.
  • The widow maker is an excellent cocktail to serve on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass.
  • For a fun twist, try a flavored vodka in the widow maker. Vanilla would be an excellent choice, as would an espresso vodka. You may enjoy citrus or berry vodkas as well.
  • Instead of grenadine, you can use a pomegranate liqueur such as Pama. Alternatively, other red fruit liqueurs (e.g., strawberry, raspberry, or cherry) can be a good substitute.
  • There are no exact substitutions for Jägermeister, though you can experiment with similar herbal blends in this drink. Some good options include Fernet Branca, Root Liqueur, and Underberg.

How Strong Is a Widow Maker?

Though not as strong a vodka martini, the widow maker It's up there and definitely not a weak drink. On average, it has an alcohol content around 25 percent ABV (50 proof), so it's wise to take it slow with this one.