Friday, November 20, 2015

Jägermeister & Rye - Together, Forever

I think all of us have some pretty funny memories about Jägermeister - usually in our younger days when we had the energy to stay out late and get up to no good.  Many moons ago I too had a "Summer of Jäger", and I'll just leave it there....

That said, Jägermeister is delicious.  And funnily enough, it's not at its best when served from a shot dispenser at 3 in the morning.  It's a sweet amaro that is excellent for sipping after dinner or served into simple cocktails.  The people over at Jäger are putting in a lot of effort to find bartenders to create buzz and new recipes.  I have been fortunate enough to taste some of these cocktails, and I have to admit, I always prefer the simple recipes. 

Why, you ask?  There are already 56 ingredients in Jäger, so it doesn't need a lot more.  Drinks more than about 2-3 additional ingredients start to muddle the flavors - too many notes, as they say. 

This cocktail came from this year's Tales of the Cocktail, and ever since the temperatures started dropping, I've been making it a lot at home.  This cocktail deserves to be a classic, and I hope you enjoy it!

The Calm Before
Created by Andy Seymour

1.5 oz Jägermeister
1.5 oz Rye Whiskey

Stir with ice and strain into a low-ball glass with a large ice cube.  Garnish with a lemon twist.  


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