Okay so I totally didn’t intend to post two recipes alongside each other, but when Jagermeister sent me a couple of bottles and challenged me to do something with them, I couldn’t help but agree. I totally thought about just blogging a recipe for Jagerbombs, because I thought it would be kind of funny for the two people in the world who have never had one. I mean, even my mum knows what a Jagerbomb is. Sure she had to ask her husband, but she knew. Frankly this just made me think I need to get my mum to try one of these next time we’re out, but I think she might write me out of the will (jokes, I’m pretty sure I managed that a while ago).
So then I went to a more sensible plan – actually I went with two; a cake and a cocktail. I’ve had a bit of a thing about baking with alcohol for a while and I’d been itching to try out the Jagermeister and honey bundt cake from The Boozy Baker cook book for a while. This recipe is vaguely inspired by this, but I think I’m actually incapable of following a recipe and I realised one of the bottles was for Jagermeister Spice, which is a remixed version of the same collection of herbs and spices as the traditional Jager. But it tastes sweeter to me, less medicinal than standard stuff and frankly if it wasn’t winter I’d have a go at making ice cream with it. So instead I went to my favourite thing to make; cake – rather a Half Cut Cake (because that’s what I like to call boozy baking). As the Jagermeister Spice has enhanced notes of cinnamon, vanilla and saffron, I wanted to create something comforting but a bit wintery, as a nod to its big sister’s usual ice cold serve. The two types of flour give it a little bit of a dense texture and the added ginger gives it a bit of a kick, but not too fiery.
- 220g muscovado sugar
- 225g butter
- 2 eggs
- 110g Jagermeister spice
- 1tsp ground ginger
- 160g self raising flour
- 85g plain flour
- 120g butter
- 240g icing sugar
- 1tsp Jagermeister
- Pre-heat the oven to 180c, grease a baking tin or two
- Cream in the butter and sugar
- Add the eggs and Jagermeister and give it a good stir
- Add the ginger and sieve in the two types of flour
- Make sure everything is well mixed and then pour into your baking tin/s
- Cook for around 50mins if in one tin, or about 20mins in two tins - you can tell they're done if they look golden brown and you insert a cocktail stick or fork and it comes out clean
- Leave the cake to cool
- Once the cake is cooled mix together the icing ingredients (minus the sprinkles)
- If you're sensible (unlike me) and cooked two cakes rather than one, use about two - three heaped tablespoons and spread evenly on one cake and use the other to create a sandwich. If not, slice the cake in half and do the same sort of thing.
- Add the rest of the icing on the top, smooth down and use lots of sprinkles to decorate.
If I were more witty I’d have given the cake a clever pun name, but instead I left that to the boys of Island Bar when I challenged them to come up with a simple cocktail to make at home; enter the Jager-Mega-Drive. The grenadine and sugar rim gives the red button colour and the rest of the ingredients give it a sort of faded black. If you enjoy this sort of geekery, I’d highly recommend checking out Island’s monthly Geek Quiz, or just heading down on a weekday for some cocktails and video games. Thanks to Simon for coming up with this recipe.
- 40ml Jagermeister Spice
- 20ml black Sambuca
- 4 blackberries
- 25ml fresh lemon juice
- lemonade to top up
- small amount of grenadine and sugar for the garnish
To make: Pour the grenadine onto a flat surface or a plate and coat the rim of the glass you’re serving the drink in it, then dip it in sugar and leave to set whilst you make the drink. Muddle the blackberries in a glass (squish them, use a rolling pin if you don’t have a muddler), add the Jagermeister, sambuca, lemon juice and a bunch of ice and give it a good shake (use a jam jar if you don’t have a cocktail shaker), strain into a glass with fresh ice and top up with lemonade. And there you have it…the Jager-Mega-drive.
Disclosure: Jagermeister sent me a couple of bottles as part of a blogger challenge and asked me to have a go at doing something a bit different – hence no jagerbombs. I wasn’t obliged to say anything nice blah blah blah…