Why Jagermeister is Awesome
Jagermeister is one of the most mysterious drinks that we have in our liquor inventories. In fact it's probably one of the most well known herbal liquors in the world. For the longest time people thought it contained either deer or elk blood, in reality there are many urban legends associated with jagermeister, that is why it's so unique.
Jagermeister itself actually means "Master Hunter" in German. The funny thing is Germans actually have a saying itself calling it "liver glue" when speaking of it--which I can attest sounds about right. The jagermeister you and me love was actually introduced in 1934 in Germany. The first distiller of jagermeister was a man by the name of Curt Mast who was an avid hunter which is probably why he gave it its name. In fact that brings me to my favorite part of the jagermeister which is the label--specifically the deer with cross between its antlers. That symbol actually comes from St. Hubertus, who is the patron saint of the hunting. The story in a nutshell goes that St. Hubert's wife died giving birth to their son, because of this he was saddened and retreated to the woods. There he came across a deer with a cross between its antlers. Through this symbol he found God and ended up joining the church.
Whats in Jager?
Jagermeister actually has 56 herbs, fruits, spices, roots, even items as crazy as citrus peel, poppy seeds ginger ginseng and of course that licorice flavor we all know and love. All of this is mashed up with water and alcohol for two to four days, and stored in oak barrels for up to a year.
Jager should be served cold either from a freezer around 0°F, or even a tap around 12° Fahrenheit.
On the Jager bottle itself there is actually a verse from a poem from a famous German forrester named Oscar von Wiesenthal.
There's the fun thing about the logo that one should say oh-deer-god before they take a shot.
Shots you can make with Jager:
- Liquid cocaine: which is probably the most popular is made by mixing Jager and Gold Schlager usually -- sometimes added with 151.
- Surfer on acid: is probably the second most popular which is made by mixing Jager with pineapple juice and Malibu rum.
- The Jagerbomb: which is everyone should know as well is basically when you drop a shot of Jager into a glass full of red bull.
- Jagermonster: which is not as well known, is when you makes OJ and Grenadine with Jager.
- Jagernog: Jager actually goes well with eggnog as well,give it a shot.
- Sex with an alligator: My personal favorite jager shot- layer midori or melon liquor with chambord or raspberry liquor, then float jager on top.