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Think Outside The Bomb: Jägermeister Revisited

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 08:12 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

cocktailJägermeister. A spirit synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll, college kids, shot machines and the notorious Jäger Bomb. But there’s much more to this complex, century-old herbal liqueur than you may realize. Jäger is having somewhat of a “second evolution” and has been popping up on both cocktail and food menus across the country.

“We’re seeing more placements on cordial listings in higher tier restaurants, as well as cocktails coming out from top bartenders nationally,” shares Todd Richman, Corporate Mixologist for Sidney Frank, the US importer of Jägermeister (and the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail Best American Brand Ambassador winner). “Jägermeister is distilled with 56 different herbs, roots, flowers and fruits. And when you mix it with something else containing one of those ingredients, it completely changes the flavor profile.”

Whether used as a base or a modifying spirit, Jäger has become a go-to among many of the country’s top bartenders. Sean Hoard of Portland, Oregon’s Teardrop Lounge cites that “the incredibly balanced flavor profile” makes Jägermeister “a particularly fun product to work with.” While Sean Kenyon, owner of Williams and Graham in Denver, Colorado, says “Jägermeister is a truly versatile liqueur; excellent on its own, but it’s true beauty is in cocktail applications. As a complementary ingredient, it adds complexity, aromatics and subtle sweetness to cocktails.”

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More and more frequently, prominent chefs have been dabbling with Jäger’s flavor complexity and versatility in cooking. Celebrity chef Chris Santos recently created an entire five-course menu of Jäger-infused grilled BBQ fare at his NYC hotspot Beauty & Essex, and debuted an exclusive dinner featuring six spirited courses paired with specialty cocktails during last week’s Tales of The Cocktail festival in New Orleans. Santos also showcased several Jäger-fueled dishes—including Jägermeister-Kissed Chicken Skewers, the Ultimate Charred Jägermeister Burger, and Black Cherry & Jägermeister Baby Back Ribs—on the menu at his other popular restaurant, The Stanton Social.

So don’t be surprised if you come across Jäger on the menu during your next night out. Dare to give it another try?

Images courtesy of Jägermeister

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Burger Bash beefs up Brooklyn | NYCWFF 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 03:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

After maxing out my appetite at Meatball Madness, my stomach was pushed to capacity again at Friday’s Blue Moon Burger Bash, presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats. One of NYCWFF’s most popular events, this sold out meat extravaganza drew more than 20 A-list chefs and food personalities, who served up their “best between a bun” in the ultimate burger throwdown.

  1. Beauty & Essex\'s Chris Santos fired up his \"Best Dressed\" lamb and brisket burger with spicy garlic aioli, vine ripe tomato, goat-feta cheese & pickled red onion
  2. Brooklyn Bridge Park\'s beautiful Tobacco Warehouse set the scene for Burger Bash
  3. DBGB\'s \"Piggy\" layered beef with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeño mayo & tangy mustard slaw
  4. After jumping on stage with Lee Schrager, Guy amped up the crowd in true Fieri fashion
  5. Shake Shack\'s classic Shackburger is always a crowd-pleaser—and well worth the wait!
  6. It\'s a tough job, but someone\'s gotta do it! Judges Anne Burrell, Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern took center stage for the winner announcements
  7. Fresco by Scotto\'s gorgonzola & crispy pancetta sirloin burger with cheesy zucchini chips
  8. Guests enjoyed unlimited burgers and brews alongside stunning Brooklyn Bridge views
  9. The cover band played hits spanning decades and kept partygoers on their feet
  10. Abe & Arthur\'s chef Franklin Becker won the top trophy for his \"Wisconsin\" cheeseburger
  11. Burger & Barrel\'s enthusiastic chef Josh Capon accepted the People\'s Choice Award. Woot!

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg took over for Rachael Ray to host this year’s massive grillfest at Dumbo’s landmark Tobacco Warehouse. As aromas of sizzling meat and grease wafted through the air, carnivorous guests noshed on burgers and side dishes, sipped Blue Moon brews and Sutter Home wines, and voted for their favorite patty. Beloved burger joints Shake Shack and Bill’s Bar and Burger drew the longest lines, while last year’s People’s Choice winner Bobby Flay attracted the biggest fan mob.

Some of the night’s mouthwatering bites included Beauty and Essex’s Lamb and Brisket Burger (with spicy garlic aioli, vine ripe tomato, goat-feta & pickled red onion), DBGB’s Piggy Burger (beef with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeño mayo, mustard-vinegar slaw & a cheddar bun), and Dram Shop’s Cheeseburger (two beef squares, double cheese & the works). Between burger sampling, attendees indulged in milkshakes and pie with Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman and belted out 80’s, 90’s and Top 40 hits along with a rockin’ cover band.

Judges David Burke, Anne Burrell, Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern picked the cheddar cheese, Nueske bacon and brioche “Wisconsin” from Franklin Becker (Abe & Arthur’s) for the win, People’s Choice went to Josh Capon (Burger & Barrel) for his juicy bison round, and Chris Santos (Beauty & Essex) snagged the Heinz Best Dressed Burger Award. Many congrats to all!

Ultimately, this year’s Bash was a blast, even though a sudden mid-event downpour kept me from trying several of the burgers. No big deal—many more delicacies were on my evening’s agenda, and I left Brooklyn to make my way to the all-desserts soiree, SWEET.

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