It may come as a shock to bros used to downing Jäger between shotgunning and keg standing, but the spiced German liqueur is good for more than gulping down in straight shots. Layers of dry and bitter herbaceousness on top of baking spices and tannic cola notes make Jägermeister an ideal ingredient in flavor-packed tiki drinks and sweetly spiced dessert cocktails. These cocktails don’t demand that you take Jäger seriously, but they do take the party from the college bar to the cocktail lounge. Here, our favorite drinks to make with Jäger.
5 Best Cocktails to Make With Jägermeister
It makes sense that L.A.’s Honeycut—a mash-up bar somewhere between tiki and ‘80s retro-future disco—would take Jäger into new territory. With the herbal liqueur’s heavy, grassy notes at the base, aged Barbadian rum for a bit of funk, blended Jamaican rum for even more dark sweetness, and plenty of tropical fruits both fresh and in syrup form, the drink hits all of the tiki notes with flashy ‘80s bravado.
Sother Teague of New York’s Amor y Amargo is used to combining spiced and herbal flavors in new and exciting ways (they did, after all, recreate a Sazerac with eight different amari). In this tall, ginger-laced drink, Jäger brings new life to the staid Dark ‘N’ Stormy. Orgeat and lemon juice bewilder the taste buds further, but the torrent of flavors somehow all meld back together into one mind-blowing cocktail.
The closest thing to Jägermeister in the non-alcohol world is root beer. The bubbly soda is like an effervescent version of the root-spiced liqueur, with sassafras wonderfully augmenting the familiar cola flavors. Combining the two makes a seriously spiced concoction, one best melded with rich and fatty vanilla ice cream in this root beer float for adults. With a drop of orange blossom water for that je ne sais quoi, the cocktail alchemy in this drink is a secret worth sharing with everyone you know.
Tiki guru Don the Beachcomber used custom spiced syrups to incorporate baking spices like vanilla, cinnamon and allspice into his overly layered masterpieces. This rum and Jäger Highball does the same, building these mixes on top of sweet-tart orange juice and zingy lime juice. Here, Jägermeister provides the more herbal flavors while the mainstay tiki ingredients add a bit of levity to all that energetic citrus.
Get ready to get weird with Jägermeister—and no we don’t mean college-grade shenanigans. This frothy coupe cocktail combines totally disparate elements—Jäger, coconut cream, Cognac, and lemon juice—into an otherworldly, decidedly creamy drink. Frothy egg whites give it a texture as divine as its indulgent parts, while a garnish of togarashi spice mix and toasted sesame seeds add buttery and nutty notes on top. If you thought it was hard describing a night with Jäger before, you’ll never find words for this boozy oddity.