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May 12, 2012 7:56 AM   Subscribe

Bärenjäger honey liqueur: what can I do with it?

I bought a bottle on impulse when they were giving out samples at my local LCBO and I was blown away by the deliciousness. However, it is very, very sweet. Too sweet to drink more than a little sip at a time, and I'm not even sure what I could mix it with that would balance out the sweetness other than, perhaps, lemon juice.

I am looking for ideas for cooking or mixed drinks. Thanks!
posted by torisaur to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
This is our current favorite thing to do with Barenjager, named in honor of my boyfriend's house, the Growlery:

2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz Barenjager
1/2 oz Fernet-Branca

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.


I also adore Barenjager in place of honey in a hot toddy.

2 oz bourbon
lemon juice to taste
Barenjager to taste

Put these in a tall mug, add a clove-studded lemon slice and a cinnamon stick, and top up with hot water. Good for a cold or for preventing a cold ;]


Bee's Knees

1.5 oz gin
.75 oz Barenjager
.75 oz lemon juice

Shake and serve in a chilled coupe.


Those are the things Barenjager gets used for most in our houses.
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:09 AM on May 12, 2012 [3 favorites]

It makes a damn fine Gold Rush.

2oz bourbon
1oz lemon juice
1-2oz Barenjager depending on your drink sweetness preferences

combine over ice, shake, strain.

Seconding hot toddies, and it's also good in hot tea. I don't have a name for that, besides "wow, you really drink a lot, don't you?".
posted by donnagirl at 8:15 AM on May 12, 2012

Similar to the Gold Rush, we make a Beehive with equal parts lemon juice/brown liquor/barenjager. My wife prefers Applejack instead of bourbon, I prefer rye. There is also a small recipe booklet attached to the 750mL bottle. I haven't tried any of them, yet.
posted by George Malloy at 8:18 AM on May 12, 2012

Use it in the place of sweetener in almost any drink you can think of, I've added a few teaspoons to tart lemonade as a mimosa alternative and it goes well with ginger water.
posted by The Whelk at 8:23 AM on May 12, 2012

Oh, man, I love Bärenjäger! I think it would be great added to a syrup used to imbibe a honey cake, though I haven't had a change to try that yet. I think that would be a good use for Canton ginger liqueur, too.

A quick search turned up a Bärenjäger-themed "virtual pot luck" which includes a couple of desserts using the liqueur in a syrup.
posted by zorseshoes at 8:35 AM on May 12, 2012

The "Bum's Rush" is new school tiki drink, by Beachbum Barry.

1 oz fresh lime juice.
1 oz unfiltered apple juice (the cloudy kind).
1 oz Bärenjäger
1 oz triple sec
1.5 oz tequila.

Shake well with plenty of lime. Garnish with a lime.
posted by bswinburn at 8:39 AM on May 12, 2012

Oh, also the Von Tiki.

.75 oz fresh lime juice.
1 oz Barbados rum.
1 oz Bärenjäger.
1/2 teaspoon Stroh.

Shake with ice cubes. Strain into a cocktail glass.
posted by bswinburn at 8:41 AM on May 12, 2012

The beautiful thing about it is that it's good for the same things honey is good for.
posted by Pants! at 8:55 AM on May 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

I have really enjoyed a variant of the classic Singapore Sling, but substituting German Kirschwasser for the sweetened cherry brandy and Bärenjäger for the Bénédictine. Call it the Schlingapore Sing if you want. Pretty much anything with Bénédictine can use it as a substitute.

That said, I think it's best over crushed ice in a shot glass; the dilution is just about right for me.
posted by wnissen at 8:57 AM on May 12, 2012

Fresh brewed iced tea - black, green, or red.
posted by Lyn Never at 9:30 AM on May 12, 2012

To piggyback on Lyn Never's comment, fresh brewed hot tea: black (preferably English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast, but possibly also something like an Orange Pekoe or a Constant Comment) with Bärenjäger and cream to taste.
posted by infinitywaltz at 9:38 AM on May 12, 2012

Really good in a Missionary's downfall.
posted by ch1x0r at 4:16 PM on May 12, 2012

I had the Slivovitz Cocktail from Korzo once. Here is the list of ingredients, though they don't provide the numbers:

Jelinek Slivovitz 5 year old 100 proof Plum Brandy, Barenjager Honey Liquor, 10 Cane Rum, Chambord, splash of pineapple, cranberry, strained, up.
posted by mlle valentine at 8:52 PM on May 12, 2012

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posted by mlle valentine at 8:53 PM on May 12, 2012

Seconding wholeheartedly the recommendations to use it in tea. If you're looking for more (ahem) direct methods of consumption, barenjager can be layered on top of jagermeister to create an aesthetically pleasing and palatable shot.
posted by Panjandrum at 11:41 AM on May 14, 2012

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