The Total Yodel – An Alpine Inspired Shot Recipe

November 13, 2019 (Last Updated: August 13, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

We are going to have some fun today with our first ever shot recipe. In our tradition of keeping it a bit weird at Ramshackle Pantry, we are coming up with a shot recipe based around Yodeling. Stick with me and this tasty, herbal, and spicy shooter recipe will have you yodeling with delight. 

Total Yodel Shot with a bottle of Jag and Goldschlager in the background.

About The Total Yodel Shot Recipe

We recently made a traditional Norweigan drink recipe named Glogg that uses Norweigan Aquavit and I wanted to continue with the Aquavit theme. How else could I use this spirit? Well, I have been sipping it straight and that is pretty good, if the bottle is stored in the freezer. I thought combining spirits that share something with Aquavit could make for a great shooter. Norway has plenty of mountains. Add in some Jägermeister from mountainous Germany and Goldschläger from Switzerland … BLAMMO, a new shot recipe!

It seems like such a great combination, as they all have a great complimentary flavor when mixed. All of these spirits involved come from that Northern European region and all of the countries are known for having an alpine, mountainous, climate. Also, there is a tradition of Yodeling in all of these countries.

History of Yodeling

I am not going to dive too deep into the history of Yodeling, but Wikipedia indicates that this practice likely originated from alpine communities communicating with each other and it’s own population.

In the context of this drink, I hope to share two things with you in terms of yodeling. First, all of the spirits involved come from countries that have a tradition of Yodeling, even if it is called Kulning in Norway. Second, once you have a shot of this drink, I hope to have you yodeling!

This shot does have the sweetness of Goldschläger layered on the bottom, then a layer of Jagermeister, and the light Aquavit on top. As you can tell from the images, it can layer out quite nicely.

The Temperature of Spirits in The Total Yodel

All three of these spirits can be stored in the freezer and that is how I recommend serving them in this shot. It will be absolutely fine if you don’t store in the freezer, but expect the taste to be just a bit harsher.

Layering Shots

It is not that difficult to layer shots as long as your ingredients are of different weights. It really comes down to the weight of the liquid when it comes to layering. Here is a quick tutorial on the subject of shot layering and this is a great chart on the Specific Gravity (or weight) of various spirits. When I layer in a regular shot glass, just a normal spoon works well for adding liquors gently to your masterpiece.

Total Yodel Tips Summary

  • Store all of the spirits in the freezer. It makes for a better shot.
  • Use a spoon to layer the alcohol.
  • Aquavit is a Scandanavian spirit that is great for recipes like this, Glogg, and for sipping alone.
  • I tend to use Linie for my Aquavit, but don’t forget your local distillers. Particularly if you are from an area with a Scandanavian background, you might have a local distiller. Here in Fargo, we have Proof Distillery, which makes a full line of spirits… including Aquavit! Show your local distillers some love.

Two Total Yodel Shots on a table with pine cones in the background.


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The Total Yodel – An Alpine Inspired Shot Recipe

Total Yodel Shot with a bottle of Jag and Goldschlager in the background.

This shot recipe is spicy, herbal, and a tour through European alpine community. The Total Yodel combines aquavit, Goldschlager, and Jagermeister to make a delicious drink.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Shot 1x
  • Category: Shot
  • Method: Layer
  • Cuisine: European


  • 1/2 Ounce Goldschlager
  • 1/2 Ounce Jagermeister
  • 1/2 Ounce Aquavit


  1. Add Goldschlager to shot glass
  2. This is a layered drink, so you will want to use a spoon to layer the Jagermeister on top of the Goldschlager.
  3. Using spoon, layer Aquavit on top.


  • Serving Size: 1.5 Ounces
  • Calories: 119 Calories
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 0 g
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Shot Recipe

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  • Reply
    February 7, 2020 at 7:46 am

    This is a fun shot recipe to mix up when friends come over! Yummy.

  • Reply
    February 7, 2020 at 8:18 am

    While many don’t like Jagermeister, I actually love its taste very much. I must give this shot a try. This is something right on my ally.

  • Reply
    February 7, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I haven’t tried Jagermeister, looks I need to try ti, This shout sounds very good for entertaining.

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