The alpine skiing slopes are famous all over the world. Why? Mostly because of the warming and tipsy making hot beverages, such as the common Glühwein and also the Jagatee. Picture this! You and your group of friends are skiing, having a blast on the slopes at around 1500 m altitude, and after some time you decide to take a break in an inn. The mountain peaks are covered with snow outside, the air is chilled and hard to breathe, its time to warm up those bones from inside! The Lounge of the inn is warmed up by the fireplace, the wood is cracking in the flames and there are a bunch of other guests chatting loudly in all kinds of languages. You and your people make yourself comfortable and are about to order. The waitress, dressed in a local Trachten dress, comes over with a big smile ready to take the first orders and suggests a hot warming tea which she calls Jagatee.
No doubt you are all game and end up with the Black boozy tea. A sip and you can taste a combination of flavors. The first thing you will recognize is the Rum and you will swear that some type of spice is included and some black tea, but that’s about it. You are trying to make out more ingredients, yet you give up quickly and let yourself go. You and your friends are obviously enjoying it and you order another round, and another and most probably another one until you don’t even remember anymore how many rounds you had.
Yes, the Jagatee is smooth, it seems just like any other drink but it will take you into another world, that I can guarantee you! The “secret” little drink mixture turned you all into tipsy happy people, without that you realized what was happening. The next day you will try to remember the drinks name but none of you can, it was one hell of a hot alcoholic beverage!
Jagatee means Hunter’s tea and Jaga is the local Tyrolean word for Jäger in German. My conclusion is that in the old times Hunter’s used to having a Jagatee before going out into the windy and cold wild and taking down some forest animals. We have a local dark Rum in Austria called Stroh and together with some red wine and local fruit Schnapps, they form the alcoholic base of the drink. The Jagatee is a well kept Tyrolean and Bavarian recipe and none of the locals there will like to share the recipe. You will be surprised to know that the Jagatee also includes Oranges. Today I am willing to share the recipe with the world, but psshht don’t tell anyone!
- 600-milliliter water
- 2 Tablespoon Black tea leafs
- 5 Cloves
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 small Orange sliced
- 300 milliliter red Wine
- 60-milliliter dark Rum
- 60-milliliter Schnapps (I used Plum)
- Sugar to your liking