Jagermeister, meaning hunt master is a German bitter liqueur. Dating from the seventh century it is made of a complex blend of 56 herbs, fruits and spices and should be served icy cold. The label features a stags head with a cross because, according to legend, the drinks founder Hubertas, upon losing his wife, would go off into the woods alone to hunt and saw a magnificent stag with a floating cross between its antlers. His vision moved him to change his life and gave all his material possessions away before founding several monasteries and becoming the Patron Saint of Hunters.
Jägermeister’s ingredients include 56 herbs, fruits, roots, and spices, including ginger, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and orage peel. These ingredients are ground, then steeped in water and alcohol for 2–3 days. Afterwards, this mixture is filtered and stored in oak barrels for about a year. When a year has passed, the liqueur is filtered again, before being mixed with sugar, caramel, water and alcohol. It is filtered one last time and then bottled, becoming the herbal liqueur known worldwide. Best served really chilled, it is often used as a shooter, and has become a popular choice when mixed with energy drinks.