What the #$@! Do I Do with This? Jägermeister: What It Is and How to Use It. (2024)

You bought a spirit or liqueur because a co*cktail recipe called for a very minute amount. Now you’re stuck with the remaining 9/10ths of the bottle and what to do with it. No worries. Bartenders weigh in with tips and recipes for getting every last drop out of an underutilized ingredient so it doesn’t gather dust on your bar shelf.

Successive pours of Jägermeister are an American rite of passage to mark reaching the legal drinking age (or sometimes well before), and a bottle stashed in a basem*nt bar freezer is a staple at many a fraternity house. But the German amaro has far more going for it than merely being a bracing shot.

Jägermeister is produced by steeping 56 herbs and spices including ginger, anise, citrus peel and juniper in alcohol and water for a few days before storing it in oak for a year and sweetening it. It was created in 1934 by Curt Mast, the son of a vinegar maker and wine trader, an avid hunter who chose a name for his elixir that translates to “master hunter” and adorned the label with a drawing of a stag. American importer Sidney Frank is credited with its popularity in the United States, positioning it in the 1980s as a party drink.

The inclusion of all those botanicals also makes it incredibly useful behind the bar as either a base spirit or modifier, according to Joe Zakowski, a bartender at Mother’s Ruin and No. 308 in Nashville. He likens the liqueur to an old friend. “It just sits right with me,” he says. “When I’m not in the mood for anything else, I can still drink Jägermeister; it’s like mother’s milk.”

Though some people carry an aversion to Jäger because of a bad experience years ago, Zakowski argues against using it as a scapegoat for any youthful indiscretions. He recommends a reintroduction as a solo sipper or in a simple co*cktail, perhaps mixed with seltzer over ice and garnished with citrus or herbs. “Most anti-Jäger drinkers will come around and realize it’s a delicious, herbaceous spirit for grown-ups,” he says.

Without negating its reputation as a shot brand, Willy Shine, the “brandmeister” for Mast-Jägermeister U.S., likes to point out that the product is basically a German amaro with a ton of heritage behind it. “Jägermeister is a very versatile liquid to work within the realm of co*cktails,” he says. “It truly runs the gamut very well and tastes harmonious.” He’s particularly fond of playing off its ginger, citrus and bitter elements in drinks such as a Berlin Mule (yes, that’s a Moscow Mule with Jäger) and a riff on an Old Fashioned.

“It’s at once herbal, a little bitter and a little sweet, which all together means that the uses you can find for it are endless,” says Veronica Correa, a San Diego bartender. She likes to use Jäger as a bittering agent for stirred drinks such as a Negroni and to mix up twists on the Mai Tai and other tropical and summery co*cktails. Her crushable Waterfront Cooler is a mashup of a Pimm’s Cup and an Arnold Palmer, with Earl Grey tea, muddled fruit and mint, and ginger beer, garnished with fruit and more mint.

Jägermeister actually has quite an affinity for mint, says Evan Wolf, a bartender at Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar in New Orleans. “I like to win skeptics over by giving Jäger split duty with whiskey in a Mint Julep or as the base spirit in a Stinger with crème de menthe.” In his drink A Day at the (Crawfish) Races, he infuses it with mint tea, then shakes it with lemon juice and blackberry jam and serves the drink in an Old Fashioned glass filled with crushed ice and garnished with a mint sprig. “The obvious challenge is that people sometimes let its reputation precede it, so I try and make sure that the co*cktails I use Jägermeister in are super ‘round,’ well-balanced and easy to enjoy,” he says.

What the #$@! Do I Do with This? Jägermeister: What It Is and How to Use It. (2024)


What the #$@! Do I Do with This? Jägermeister: What It Is and How to Use It.? ›

Jägermeister can be mixed with various beverages, including cola, energy drinks, ginger beer, or fruit juices like orange juice or cranberry juice. Popular co*cktails featuring Jägermeister include the "Jäger Bomb

Jäger Bomb
The Jägerbomb /ˈjeɪɡərˌbɒm/ is a bomb mixed drink made by dropping a shot of Jägermeister into an energy drink, typically Red Bull. Sometimes, this drink is incorrectly identified as a traditional "shot". Jägerbomb. co*cktail. A shot of Jägermeister dropped into a glass of Red Bull, creating a Jägerbomb.
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" (Jägermeister and energy drink) or the "Jägermeister Mule" (Jägermeister, ginger beer, and lime).

What is the correct way to drink Jägermeister? ›

Neat: This is the most traditional way to enjoy Jagermeister. Simply pour the liqueur into a shot glass and drink it straight. 2. Jagerbomb: This is a popular mixed drink that combines Jagermeister with Red Bull energy drink.

What can you use Jägermeister for? ›

“We all know—or in some cases, remember—that Jägermeister is great as an ice-cold shot, but it's nice as a sipper, in a Hot Toddy or as a modifier in twists on classic co*cktails,” says Wolf.

How is Jägermeister best served? ›

Jäger Is Best Served Cold.

Jägermeister's complex flavor profile is accentuated by cold temperatures; the company advises that -18 C (or -. 4 F) is the absolute perfect temperature to enjoy a shot.

Do you keep jager in the fridge? ›

Some prefer to drink warm Jägermeister. Keeping it at room temperature and refilling it before serving will not damage the drink. 3 You can also store it in the fridge.

Do you mix Jägermeister with anything? ›

Jäger can definitely hold its own in martini-like co*cktails. A perfect example is the Jäger café co*cktail in which it's mixed with vodka, coffee liqueur, and grenadine. It's a delightful drink and a great surprise for friends. Don't let them see the Jäger bottle and they'll never guess your secret ingredient.

How is Jager meant to be drank? ›

Jager is a unique blend of flavors and is best served chilled straight up, over ice, or straight from the bottle.

What is the right way to drink a Jager Bomb? ›

Fill a shot glass with Jägermeister. Pour half a can of Red Bull into a pint glass. Drop the shot glass into the taller glass. Drink immediately and enjoy.

Why should Jägermeister be served cold? ›

While some liqueurs may thrive at room temperature, Jägermeister shines brightest when chilled. Cold temperatures help preserve its complex blend of botanicals, ensuring each sip is as fresh and vibrant as the last.

What are Jägermeister and Red Bull called? ›

The Jägerbomb /ˈjeɪɡərˌbɒm/ is a bomb mixed drink made by dropping a shot of Jägermeister into an energy drink, typically Red Bull. Sometimes, this drink is incorrectly identified as a traditional "shot".

What makes Jägermeister taste good? ›

Jägermeister is made with a proprietary blend of 56 botanicals that are infused into a spirit, which is then aged in oak for one year. Speculated botanicals include licorice, poppy seeds, star anise, juniper, and ginseng, but these ingredients are impossible to verify.

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