Jager Barrel Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Jager Barrel is a modern concoction that brings together the herbal complexity of Jägermeister with the sweet and comforting notes of root beer schnapps and Coca Cola. It's a hit among those who appreciate a bold, yet sweet flavor profile. The cocktail is often enjoyed in settings where a quick, flavorful shot is desired, such as lively parties or casual get-togethers.

  • Originates from the trend of mixing herbal liqueurs with soda.
  • Became popular due to its easy-to-make recipe and accessible ingredients.
  • Often served as a celebratory shot or a fun addition to a night out.

How Jager Barrel Tastes?

The Jager Barrel is a harmonious blend of herbal, spicy, and sweet flavors. The Jägermeister provides a complex herbal base with hints of anise and licorice, while the root beer schnapps adds a vanilla-like sweetness and depth. The Coca Cola ties everything together with its caramel notes and effervescence, resulting in a robust yet smooth shot.

Interesting facts about Jager Barrel

  • Jägermeister is made with 56 different herbs, fruits, roots, and spices.
  • Root beer schnapps is a liqueur that mimics the flavor of the classic American root beer beverage.
  • This cocktail is often associated with a younger crowd and is a staple at college parties.


  • Jägermeister: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Root beer schnapps: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Coca cola: 1 oz(30ml)


Jägermeister, with its 56 herbs, roots, and fruits, provides a complex and herbal backbone to our Jager Barrel. It's like the life of the cocktail party - without it, you just have a couple of friends hanging out with soda. At 1 oz, it's strong enough to give character but not overpower the root beer schnapps' sweetness. Ditch it? You lose the trademark Jäger 'oomph'. Swap it with another herbal liqueur (like Fernet), and you've got a whole new vibe – more minty, less sweet.

Alex Green

Root Beer Schnapps

At 1 oz, root beer schnapps gives our cocktail a nostalgic kick – think old-fashioned soda shop meets modern bar. It's the smooth talker that balances out the herbs with its creamy vanilla essence. Forget to add this and the cocktail becomes a herby cola concoction. Substitute it with sarsaparilla or birch beer schnapps, and you'll stroll down a slightly different, yet still familiar, vintage lane.

Emma Rose

Coca Cola

Coca Cola is the mixer that brings it all together – a sweet symphony in a 1 oz splash. It's the friend that smooths over any awkward moments (aka, it balances and blends the strong flavors). Leave it out and the cocktail turns into a shot – bold and brash. Trade it for Pepsi and the drink becomes a tad sweeter, less sharp – like choosing a cashmere sweater over a leather jacket.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Jager Barrel Drink

  1. Pour 1 oz of Jägermeister into a shot glass.
  2. Add 1 oz of root beer schnapps.
  3. Top with 1 oz of Coca Cola.
  4. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Chill the ingredients before mixing to ensure a refreshing shot.
  • Adjust the Coca Cola amount to taste; less for a stronger shot, more for a milder flavor.
  • Serve in a frosted shot glass for an extra cool experience.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

The Jager Barrel is a cocktail with a deep herbal and spicy flavor profile coupled with sweet, creamy soda undertones, which allows it to pair well with a variety of snacks and meals:

  • Barbecue: The rich, smoky flavors of barbecue ribs or brisket complement the herbaceous quality of Jägermeister.
  • Salted Nuts: A classic bar snack, salted nuts offer a crunchy contrast to the creamy soda elements of this cocktail.
  • Burgers: A juicy burger with sharp cheddar will stand up to the bold flavors in the drink.

Dessert Pairings

Given its sweet components, the Jager Barrel can also be a worthwhile companion for desserts:

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Create a boozy float by pouring the Jager Barrel over a scoop of ice cream.
  • Chocolate Desserts: The herbal notes in Jägermeister and the sweetness of Coca Cola make chocolate cakes or brownies a delightful pairing.

Drink Chasers

  • Cold Brew Coffee: For a caffeinated kick that complements the herbal notes.
  • Ginger Ale: A non-alcoholic sweet and spicy option that cleanses the palate.

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What you could change in Jager Barrel

  • If Root Beer Schnapps is unavailable, you can use a different sweet liqueur like vanilla schnapps or butterscotch schnapps.
  • For a caffeine-free version, use caffeine-free Coca Cola.

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Spicy Jager Barrique

  • Ingredients: 1 oz Jägermeister, 1 oz root beer schnapps, 1 oz ginger beer, a dash of hot sauce.
  • Recipe: Mix Jägermeister with root beer schnapps in a glass, top with ginger beer, and a dash of hot sauce. Stir gently. It's a fiery spin on the original — warm, tingly, and definitely not for the faint of heart. The ginger beer adds a spicy fizz, while the hot sauce gives a kick that'll have you feeling like a fire-breathing dragon.

Jager Cream Soda

  • Ingredients: 1 oz Jägermeister, 1 oz vanilla liqueur, 1 oz cream soda.
  • Recipe: Combine Jägermeister and vanilla liqueur in a glass, then pour in the cream soda. Stir gently. This version is like the dessert of the drink world — sweet, indulgent, and velvety. The vanilla liqueur softens the herbal harshness, and the cream soda adds a frothy cap to this liquid treat.

Espresso Jager Barrel

  • Ingredients: 1 oz Jägermeister, 1 oz coffee liqueur, 1 oz cold brew coffee.
  • Recipe: Shake Jägermeister and coffee liqueur over ice, strain into a glass, and top with cold brew coffee. Stir gently. A caffeinated twist on the original — rich, bold, and perfect for coffee lovers. The cocktail becomes a nocturnal delight, ideal for those night owls looking to merge their after-dinner drink with their after-dinner coffee.

In case you forgot basics how to make Jager Barrel

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Jager Barrel

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Jager Barrel?

Yes, you can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic herbal bitters and a root beer flavored syrup, and then use a cola-flavored soda for the mixer.

Is it possible to make the Jager Barrel in large batches for parties?

Certainly, you can multiply the ingredient measurements by the number of guests and mix the ingredients in a large pitcher or bowl instead of a shot glass.

What makes Jägermeister a unique ingredient in cocktails?

Jägermeister is known for its blend of 56 herbs, fruits, roots, and spices, offering a distinct and complex flavor profile that adds depth to cocktails.

How should I store my opened bottle of Jägermeister?

An opened bottle of Jägermeister should be stored in a cool, dark place. Some prefer to refrigerate it to serve chilled.

Can I use diet cola instead of regular cola in the Jager Barrel recipe?

Yes, diet cola can be used as a lower-calorie alternative, though it may slightly alter the taste due to the different sweeteners used.

Is the Jager Barrel suitable for serving at formal events?

While typically enjoyed in informal settings, the Jager Barrel can be elegantly presented in shot glasses or incorporated into creative cocktails for more formal occasions.

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