Jägermeister is an herbal, bitter liqueur from Germany made of a secret blend of over 50 herbs, fruits and spices. Over recent years it has gained a notorious reputation as a liquor that will get you very intoxicated, very fast. This is due mostly to its use in shooters, especially the infamous Jager Bomb. Jägermeister's reputation is one of those love-hate perceptions that come with many of the stronger distilled spirits which are often abused (ie.
tequila). However, Jägermeister does have a place in many "fancy" cocktails to add a complex, herbal back to drinks.
How is Jägermeister Made?:
A secret recipe of 56 ingredients which include "cinnamon-bark from Ceylon, bitter orange skins from Australia, santal from East India, ginger roots from southern Asia and of course, some secret herbs." That is about as much as the distillers will tell the public.
However, we do know that whatever the mixture is is macerated for 5 months in alcohol and water. This concentrate is blended and filtered then stored in oak for a year, after which it is blended with sugar, caramel and more water and alcohol before bottling.
It is likely that the mysterious parts of the process led to some of the intrigue into the spirit.