Thursday, March 24

Drink Spotlight: Bombshell McGee

I was looking for something to break up the monotony of continuous Apricot brandy, and boy, did I find it. I came across this little gem that actually manages to use Jagermeister, well, competently. That's quite a chore because most booze nerds shun the stuff as rocket fuel for frat parties, as well as being so potent of flavor (think of how difficult it is to mix with scotch...), but it's actually a legit liqueur that just happens to have some very, well, brash flavors. Well, here's a drink for you:

Bombshell McGee:
  • 1 oz. spiced rum
  • 1 oz. Kaluha
  • 3/4 oz. Jagermeister herbal liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Build in a rocks glass filled with ice, and top with splash of club soda. Garnish with orange twist.

This drink comes to us care of the great Dr. Bamboo, who is, quite sincerely, one of my favorite in a long line of people who mix alcohol and the internet. He spoke in great depth of his love for Jager, despite it's unpopularity, and finished it off with a drink that he deemed a "low-rent Negroni," which is fair. It's definitely got some rough edges, but that's rather the point. The Jagermeister fights with the coffee liqueur (which I've often thought overpowers any drink it's put in; case in point, put it in twice as much tequila and you get a great drink that is still dominated by the Kaluha....) and both kind of overwhelm the spiced rum, but that's okay. He used Sailor Jerry which I heartily endorse, though I didn't have any lying around so I went with the inimitable Kracken, which is a dark spiced rum. Delicious.

I really like this drink because it's complex and has layers of flavor. The Jagermeister is definitely there and adds a lot of interest to the drink, and the spiced rum basically just waters down the coffee liqueur and makes it palatable. The orange peel does it's job, too. Definitely a good cocktail if you're trying to figure out what all Jager can be, especially if you're not the typical Jager-bomb connoisseur.

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