Jägermeister ingredient number one: good old ginger root, whose full-flavored essential oils are behind much of the spiciness in the finished drink.
The characteristically savoury, earthy notes of Jägermeister are in no small part down to the ginger in the recipe. Blended with the other bitter, citrus, and aniseed flavors in the drink, the ginger in Jägermeister contributes to its harmonious balance.
Jägermeister ingredient number two: cinnamon sticks, whose flavor is familiar to all from a range of sweet dishes, warm festive drinks, and as a topping for coffee specialities.
What you maybe didn’t know, however, is that Jägermeister too is reliant on the sweet-savoury note of the brittle spice-stick for its unmistakable taste.
Jägermeister ingredient number 3: star anise, one of the four clearly identifiable flavors in both the aroma and the taste of Jägermeister.
The special sweetness and light liquorice-scented notes which star anise brings to the drink are underlined by other roots and herbs.
Jägermeister ingredient number four: green cardamom, the queen of spices, with its delicate, aromatic sweetness and fresh, flowery flavor.
Its essential oils carry notes of elderberry and citrus fruits which add a fruity blossom to Jägermeister’s complex blend of flavors.
Jägermeister ingredient number five: orange peel. As unpromising as that may sound, there’s a lot more flavor in the peel than in the soft fruit flesh.
With its essential oils and flavonoids (from the Latin for yellow, “flavus”, which gives oranges their pigment), orange peel gives Jägermeister several of its components, including important citrus flavors with an underlying bitter note. If you hadn’t picked up on the orange in Jägermeister, then it’s time you tried the Jägermeister Fresh Orange drink – our tribute to this fruit in cocktail form.