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Looking for a Jagermeister drink? Try it in an Old Fashioned! It’s an ideal way to use this liquor in cocktails.

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Got a bottle of Jagermeister and want something more interesting to do with it? Try it in an Old Fashioned! It’s a unique Jagermeister drink for using this German liquor in cocktails: and a lot more sophisticated than a Jagerbomb! Muddle sugar and bitters, then mix in rye whisky and Jagermeister: you’ll notice the black licorice essence on the finish. Here’s how to make it: and a little more about this infamous liqueur!

What you need for this Jagermeister drink

The Old Fashioned is an ideal Jagermeister drink: it’s complex and interesting, great for slow sipping instead of how it’s normally consumed in split-second shots. To make this drink, you’ll need a good rye whisky as well. The Old Fashioned is a classic alcoholic drink on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This spin simply adds Jagermeister, to add an anise flavor similar to a Sazerac. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sugar cube
  • Angostura bitters
  • Jagermeister
  • Rye whiskey
  • Orange peel and cocktail cherry garnish

To make the drink, muddle the sugar with the bitters in a cocktail mixing glass or shaker. Then add the whisky and Jagermeister and stir until cold. Strain into a lowball glass and you’re in business!

Jagermeister Drink

Use clear ice!

Going for an over-the-top cool Jagermeister drink? When you’re making an Old Fashioned, a large ice cube is key. How to make one? Make clear ice. It’s crystal clear ice that isn’t cloudy like ice made in an ice tray. You can slice it into organic shapes that are perfect for any size of drink. Here are two methods for making clear ice:

  • Make clear ice at home. All you need is a small cooler that fits inside your freezer. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.
  • Use a clear ice maker. We use this clear ice maker and it works well! It also fits easily into your freezer.

More about Jagermeister

In the US, Jagermeister is known as a low-brow liquor, often often drunk as shots on college campuses or as a Jagerbomb mixed with Red Bull. But what actually is this popular liquor?

  • Jägermeister is a German digestif liquor invented in 1934. The name means “Hunting Master,” the term for a German official in charge of hunting and gaming.
  • Why is Jagermeister popular? Turns out, an American marketing genius is behind it! A man named Sidney Frank ran the liquor importing company that imported Jagermeister. In the 1980’s, he promoted the drink to students as a party drink and it caught on. Without Frank, Jager would still be a drink for middle-aged Germans.
  • What does Jagermeister taste like? It tastes herbal, with a strong anise or black licorice flavor. In fact, it’s very similar to the flavor of an Italian amaro like Amaro Nonino.

More spins on the Old Fashioned

Outside of this Jagermeister drink, there are lots of other ways to drink an Old Fashioned. Here are a few spins you might enjoy:

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Jagermeister Drink

Jagermeister Old Fashioned

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • ½ ounce Jagermeister
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • Orange peel, for garnish


  1. In a mixing glass, add the sugar cube and coat it with the bitters. Muddle the sugar cube with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon until mostly dissolved. Add the Jagermeister and whiskey and fill the mixing glass with a handful of ice.
  2. Stir until cold. Strain the drink into an iced-filled lowball glass.
  3. Use a knife to remove a 1″ wide strip of the orange peel. Squeeze the orange peel into the drink to release the oils. Gently run the peel around the edge of the glass, then place it in the glass and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. ThatchPatch says:

    Surprisingly excellent. The Jager adds a nice earthiness and sweetness to the rye’s spiciness. Orange bitters bring additional complexity to the table while some simple syrup rounds it out. This will definitely be a staple for me, but I suggest a new name… how about the “Heartwood?”

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!