Ready for a little fun fact filled history lesson? Jägermeister recipe actually began with vinegar. Wilhelm Mast, the company’s founder, had originally started a vinegar production plant back in 1878 in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. At the time there was a high demand of vinegar because it helped cool mined rocks before they were extracted back in the day. Wilhelm’s business mixed with personal pleasure of fine wines inspired him to concoct and sell a wine of his own. After Wilhelm fell ill, his son, Curt, picked up the alcohol experiment and eventually struck gold with the delicious, thick liqueur that we know today. Curt, was a dedicated hunter, so naturally he named his product Jägermeister, which means “master hunter” in German. This also explains the well-known stag, which still stands as the drink’s trademark symbol. Legend has it, this stag appeared before an uncivilized hunter and turned him into a Christian, the hunter then went on to become the patron saint of all hunters, St. Hubertus. Go figure.

So with this new knowledge under your belt, also know that you have 56 different natural ingredients in a bottle of Jägermeister, but infinite possibilities with it in hand.

Oh and the reason we mention this? Because it’s Jäger season! November has opened up the gates to start our long trudge into shorter and colder days. However, we are here to make that journey more enjoyable and perhaps even a bit warmer. Jäger blanket anyone? Now, as you sit back with your Jäger over ice or mixed into your eggnog, relax into the armchair by the crackling fire as you tell your grandkids (or somebody else’s grandkids?) the story of your good ol’ German pal, Jägermeister.

Switch up tradition for a change and try these drink Jägermeister recipes:

The Jägermeister Rudi
1 part Jägermeister
1 part bitter, hoppy beer

A fun way to get more out of your favorite IPA. The two will mix naturally, and a beer head will form a classy mousse on top.

Jägermeister After Dark
½ part Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 part Jägermeister

The perfect dessert in a cup.

Pour the chocolate liqueur first. Then use a bar spoon to stream the Jägermeister on top.

Tip: Sip from the bottom up with a cropped straw to take in the chocolate with the herbal after taste of Jäger.