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A shot of Jägermeister dropped into Red Bull creates a Jägerbomb.
Type Mixed drink
Standard drinkware A pub glass and a shot glass.
Pint Glass (Pub).svg
Shot Glass (Standard).svg

The Jägerbomb is a cocktail that is mixed by dropping a shot of Jägermeister into a glass of Red Bull.[1]

In German-speaking countries it is called a “Turbojäger,”[2] "U-Boot," or “Fliegender Hirsch” (Flying Stag) — where “Flying” is derived from the slogan “Red Bull gives you wings” and “Hirsch” means “stag” in German (inspired by the Jägermeister logo).

In Mexico it is called a “Perla Negra” (Black Pearl) due to its color when mixed.

The terms “depth charge” and “bomb shot” refer to cocktails that are made by dropping a shot glass filled with liquor into another drink.

A common variation of the Jägerbomb is the Monster Bomb, which uses Monster Energy instead of Red Bull.[3]


Commercial preparation

A Jäger-train with fifty bombs.
The preparation of multiple Jägerbombs
(a Jäger-train).

A Jägerbomb is usually sold with a can of Red Bull (250 ml) or a half-can of Red Bull (125 ml) poured into a pint glass and separately accompanied by Jägermeister in a shot glass. The glass of Jägermeister is then dropped into the Red Bull. Alternatively, some drinkers will pour equal amounts of Jägermeister and Red Bull into an oversized shot glass, or pub glass.


Jägerbombs may also be made by gently pouring the liquor on top of the Red Bull, making a stacked shot.

A Jäger-train is a theatric method for preparing the drinks when multiple Jägerbombs have been ordered.

Glasses of Red Bull are lined up, and an empty glass is placed at one end. Shot glasses of Jägermeister are then balanced on the lips of the glasses. The first shot glass (which is on the empty-glass end) is pushed over; it falls into the Red Bull in the next glass and — if the glasses are correctly positioned — it will simultaneously knock over the next shot glass. A domino effect will be created, causing each shot glass to fall into a glass of Red Bull.

Effects on the drinker

The effects of a Jägerbomb are held to be different from those of other alcoholic drinks. This is attributed to the fact that the energy drink has a stimulating effect upon the central nervous system, whereas the alcohol has a depressing effect. Consequently, some of the effects of intoxication are masked.

A Brazilian study conducted in 2006 found that combining energy drinks and alcohol “appears to show us that the use of energy drinks might predispose people to abuse alcohol when its depressant effects — or at least the perception of such effects — are masked by them.”[4] Professor Roseli Boergnen de Lacerda, who conducted the study, also warned of another possible effect: “a higher risk of car accidents because they [people who drank energy drinks with alcohol] felt less intoxicated than they were.”[5]

A further concern is the effect that the stimulant-depressant combination has upon the heart. Alcohol can reduce brain activity, impair heart function, and lead to a heart attack.[6] When combined with an energy drink, its effects may include cardiovascular risks, shortness of breath, and rapid heartbeat. These can be long term effects. The body’s defenses are weakened by the dehydration caused by the alcohol and caffeine, both of which are diuretics.[6][7]

Controversy in Australia

The popularity of Jägerbombs in Australia has caused much controversy.

Manly Council and Newcastle Council have banned Jägerbombs from pubs and nightclubs on the basis that they encourage binge drinking and irresponsible behavior.[8] During the Schoolies Week period on the Victorian Surf Coast, Jägerbombs were banned in many pubs. The sale of Red Bull was also limited to four cans per person per day to reduce the consumption of Jägerbombs.

See also


  1. ^ Jägerbomb recipe. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ Turbojäger Retrieved 16 August 2008.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Combining Alcohol And Popular Energy Drink Reduces The 'Perception' Of Impairment Science Daily, 30 March 2006
  5. ^ Energy drinks and alcohol don't mix NEOVOX Australia, 14 May 2007.
  6. ^ a b Jager Bombs stir explosive consequences.The Daily Cardinal, 17 April 2008.
  7. ^ Energy Drinks: Power Boosts or Empty Boasts? 30 April 2007.
  8. ^ Readers Battle over Pub Bid to Ban Jager Bombs The Daily Telegraph (Australia), 6 August 2007.

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