Friday, September 9, 2016

Silver Streak

There's a few drinks involving Jagermeister that are associated by the word "silver." If you pour a shot of Jagermeister in a shot glass, the concentrated liquid looks gray. But when you dilute it with gin or water, it is clearly brown. I can't think that the name is therefore a comment on the color of the drink like it is with the Silver Fizz (Gin Fizz with egg white.) It seems more likely that someone mixing with Jagermeister wanted to commemorate the 1976 film Silver Streak, or give it the name of a high speed train or their own hotrod. Who knows.

One of the reasons that cocktails are awesome is that you take a strongly flavored and often expensive liqueur and spread it out with a base spirit like gin. When you use a more expensive gin like Commonwealth Gin, that defeats the purpose a little. But Commonwealth gin is really great with Jagermeister. It adds maltiness without covering it up with juniper. This way you can really appreciate the rootiness of Jagermeister and the German liqueur's herbs and spices flavor the gin, rather than the other way around.
  • 3 oz. gin
  • 1 1/2 oz. Jagermeister
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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