Jägermeister gets a bad rap. Say its name and everyone in front of the bar is going to line up for a Jäger Bomb shot, usually accompanied by Red Bull. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but cocktail possibilities are limitless with Jägermeister. Just try this Jägermeister Mule!
Where was Jägermeister born?
We have the Mast family to thank for inventing Jägermeister. Wilhelm was a German vinegar manufacturer and, in 1934, his son Curt took over the business and invented the liqueur which he called Jägermeister or “Master Hunter.”
It was known to every German, but, in the 1980’s, a marketing genius in New York promoted it to the younger generation and made it the go-to party drink. Maybe its moniker appealed to freshmen, finally liberated from their parents’ house and free to roam collage campuses.
What is Jägermiester?
Jägermeister is an herbal liqueur, made from 56 herbs and spice, fruits and roots. These include citrus peel, liquorice, ginger and 53 others! All the ingredients are ground down into a dust and then added to water and alcohol.
That mixture is sieved and then left to store in barrels for a year. Then, when that year is over, it’s filtered and mixed with sweeteners, such as sugar and caramel. Then a bit more alcohol is added and it’s done!
Is Jägermeister made with Stag’s Blood
Just to clear up an urban myth, there is no actual Stag’s Blood in Jagermeister. Here is the myth dispelled directly from the Jagermeister website: “For many years, Jägermeister was believed to contain stag’s blood – a myth that was especially popular in the US. To this day, Jägermeister is made according to the original secret recipe from 1934. Regarding the stag’s blood rumor, we can clear up the mystery: rather than stag’s blood, Jägermeister contains 56 natural ingredients such as herbs, blossoms and roots.”
What is a Jägermeister Mule?
A Mule cocktail is one that is a variation on the now-classic Moscow Mule, whose origins you can read about here. It takes on the feel of the Moscow Mule, with ginger beer and lime, but replaces Vodka with Jägermeister! Also a little cucumber is added in as garnish!
How to make the Jägermeister Mule
You need to start with the following ingredients to make this gorgeous cocktail!
- Ginger Beer
- Bar Spoon
- Copper Mule Mug
- Begin by adding 35 ml of Jägermeister to a chilled copper Moscow Mule filled with ice!
- Fill it to the top with Ginger Beer!
- Garnish with a cucumber slice and lime wedge!
It’s best if you put the Jägermeister and Ginger Beer in the fridge and get it really cold beforehand. I had no idea before making this that ginger is one of the core ingredients in Jägermeister, the ginger beer brings out the hidden flavor!
Top Tip(le): If you want to try another Jägermeister cocktail, here’s the recipe for the Jägermeister Espresso Martini!
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Here is the recipe…
- 35 ml Jägermeister
- Ginger Beer
- Slice of cucumber
- Lime wedge
- Add Jägermeister to a glass with plenty of ice
- Top up with Ginger Beer and stir gently
- Garnish with a slice of cucumber and lime wedge
For US measurements, please use my handy Cocktail Measurements Converter!
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