Make Your Own Bärenjäger

Make Your Own Bärenjäger

Charlie and I tried some Bärenjäger for Episode 35 of The Charlie Tonic Hour. We didn’t have a recipe to make with it, and the impromptu Bärenjäger/Tequila shooter I created was swiftly vetoed (called the Honey Fire by Charlie), so I thought I would be without a drinks recipe for the week. But that was before I learned that in Germany it is fairly common to make your own Bärenjäger.

As I mentioned on the show, Bärenjäger translates as Bear Hunter and it was originally made during the 15th century to be used as bait for a bear trap. In fact Bärenfang is the more generic name for this honey liqueur and means Bear Bait. Although it is not commonly made at home in English speaking countries, I did find a few sites that were able to give me a good sounding recipe. This blog post gives you a good overview of the history and cultural implications but their German recipe didn’t sound like something that would be as easy to make with household ingredients.  A more accessible recipe was found on several websites so I am including it here. I do have to warn you though, that this is the first recipe that I’ve posted without making first. But if an intrepid reader out there wants to make up a batch of their very own Bear Bait, Charlie and I will gladly invite you on the show so we can try it and compare live. For any of you feeling up to the challenge here is the recipe.

Bärenjäger Recipe

8 whole cloves
1 whole vanilla bean
1 liter vodka
350 grams high quality honey

-First, rough chop the cloves and split the vanilla bean lengthwise before adding them to the container and filling it with the vodka.

-Let this mixture sit for at least 24 hours before straining the vanilla bean and the cloves from the vodka.

-Once the vodka is clear of any remaining pieces, stir vigorously, pouring the honey in a thin stream. Do not stop until the honey and the vodka are completely blended together. Although the recipe did not say to do it, I would recommend heating the honey slightly before you mix it with the vodka.

-Store the finished Bärenjäger honey liqueur in a cool, dark area and enjoy!



2 Responsesto “Make Your Own Bärenjäger”

  1. Nathan says:

    I’m not exactly intrepid, but I do enjoy interesting recipes that I can experiment with. I would love to test this recipe as soon as I get my next shipment of vanilla beans.
    I’ll keep in touch.


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