Jägermeister has been around for a lot longer than most people realize and as such, it has a pretty storied past. The problem is, not all of it is true. There are many urban legends surrounding the popular liqueur and often times, who knows how to tell the real Jägermeister facts from the fake ones?
It's safe to say that Jägermeister's tendency to get people real drunk real fast is a major contributing factor to all of the misinformation out there. Despite its status as a 70-proof drink (35 percent alcohol) Jäger goes down quite smoothly. Couple that with the growing trend of Jägerbombs and you have a recipe for disaster, or a great time, depending on how you look at it.
If you get the chance between shots to ask about the history of Jägermeister, you'll likely receive more than a few answers. From people claiming that it's made with deer blood to others touting its medicinal properties, just about all aspiring alcoholics have an opinion when it comes to the drink.Check out the following list for the most interesting and supported facts Jägermeister has to offer. Who knows, there might be a shot or two in it for you!
The Deer on the Bottle Is the Hubertus StagPhoto: Jürgen Krause / Wikimedia CommonsThe white stag and cross on the front of all Jägermeister bottles have a lot more history behind them than you might think. They are based on the legend of the Hubertus Stag. The story stretches back nearly 1,400 years when a hunter named Hubertus saw a white stag and cross and decided to dedicate his life to the church. Even to this day he is known as the Patron Saint of Hunters.528159Is this interesting?
It Has Been Made in the Same Place for 80 YearsVideo: YouTubeIn 1935, Curt Mast started making Jägermeister in Wolfenbuttel, Germany. For more than 80 years, Wolfenbuttel has been the go-to place for Jägermeister. Much of the town revolves around the factory where the drink is made. Although the town has just over 50,000 residents, it still sees an influx of tourists each year who come just for the Jägermeister.531161Is this interesting?
The Drink Has a Nazi NicknameWhen Jägermeister first began in Germany, Hitler and the Nazis ruled the area. At the time, the drink developed a nickname related to the Nazi Imperial Huntsmaster, Hermann Görring. The nickname was Göring-Schnapps, and needless to say, Jägermeister has done everything it can to distance itself from that moniker.403114Is this interesting?
Jägermeister Is Trying to Move Away from JägerbombsJägerbombs have been an incredibly popular way to drink the liqueur for some time, but that wasn't always the case. The makers are trying to get back to the time when Jägermeister was considered a more sophisticated drink rather than a party shooter. It probably has something to do with the fact that Jägerbombs drastically alter the special taste they work so hard to perfect.36397Is this interesting?