A true classic, the Jägermeister recipe hasn’t changed since it was first made in 1878 in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. This dark-colored liqueur is made with 56 different herbs and spices, including licorice, anise, ginger, juniper berries and citrus peel. The herb and spice blend is steeped in water and alcohol, and its aged in oak barrels for a year. Then it’s mixed with sugar and alcohol before it’s bottled and shipped right to your front door.
Even the Jägermeister bottle is custom. As the story goes, distiller Curt Mast and his buddies spent a lot of time hunting and needed a bottle that could stand up to their outdoorsy lifestyle. Mast did what anyone would do and dropped a bunch of bottles on the floor until he found a shape that held up to his tests.
The easiest way to enjoy Jägermeister is in the form of an ice-cold shot, preferably chilled to zero degrees. But if you’re more of a cocktail fan, try a Jäger Tonic with tonic water, citrus zest and ice.