Jagermeister is a German digestif, a member of the family of alcoholic concoctions taken after a meal to aid digestion (as opposed to aperitifs which are drunk to before a meal). The most common digestifs are Brandy and Cognac, but several mixed drinks and cocktails are also reserved for “afters”.
Jagermeister means “Master of the Hunt” in German, and is known by the distinctive stag’s head on the label.
The most common way to drink Jagermeister is in a straight shot, served ice-cold. It is a blend of 56 herbs, fruits and spices, which include citrus peel, ginger, ginseng and juniper berries. All of these ingredients are ground together and then placed in a mixture of water and alcohol for several days. After filtering, the liquid is stored for up to a year in wooden barrels. Sugar, caramel and alcohol is then added after a second filtering, making Jagermeister a little sweeter than some of the other botanicals.
Jagermeister has shaken off its stuffy image and been embraced by younger party goers, chiefly due to the popularity of the Jagerbomb. We’re going to leave out the Red Bull for today, and instead give you an easy (and tamer) recipe for Jager and Coke.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a “Dirty Coke”:
- 45ml Jagermeister
- 90ml Coke
- Orange, pineapple, and strawberry garnish.
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Add the Jagermeister.
- Top up with coke.
- Stir gently.
- Garnish with pieces of fresh fruit. Strawberries taste especially nice with Jager.
- Highball glass