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19 Things You Didn't Know About Jägermeister

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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!
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    The Drink Has a Nazi Nickname

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    When 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 HuntsmasterHermann Görring. The nickname was Göring-Schnapps, and needless to say, Jägermeister has done everything it can to distance itself from that moniker.
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    The Jägermeister Bottle Was Chosen Very Carefully

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    The Jägermeister bottle is almost as iconic as the liqueur itself. It is wholly unique in the world of spirits and stands out on any shelf. The bottle was chosen because it was the only one to pass a test of durability. Hundreds of bottles were dropped on an oak floor but only one didn't break. That bottle was the shimmery emerald jug we know and love.
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    Philadelphia Celebrates a Jägermeister Day

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    The people of Philadelphia really love their Jägermeister. In 2006, then Mayor of Philadelphia, John F. Street, officially declared November 14 to be Jägermeister Day. You can probably guess how the residents of city celebrated the occasion.
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    It's a Complex Drink to Make

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    Making Jägermeister is no small feat by any means. Aside from taking about a year to make, the liqueur also has 56 different natural ingredients, some of which aren't the most common flavors in the world. Take the star anise for example, which gives Jäger that famous licorice taste.
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