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The Boilermaker is a very classic old cocktail. It’s basically a shot of liquor served with a glass of beer. You can either drop the shot into the beer and chug it, or you can drink the shot quickly and then sip the beer slowly.

Boilermaker recipe: Beer with whiskey, tequila or vodka

Either way, it’s hardly one of those society drinks that’s out to impress somebody. This is the sort of drink you enjoy after a hard day when you need to unwind fast so you can enjoy the rest of your evening. It’s simple and straightforward, and all about the good times. It doesn’t invite commentary on flavors or ingredients or history. It’s just an adjustment to make beer enough when it’s not.


  • 2 ounces whiskey, tequila or vodka
  • 10 ounces beer

Pour the liquor  into a shot glass. Pour your beer into a mug. Serve it as a beer and a shot, or drop the shot glass of whiskey into the mug and chug.

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  1. The best boiler maker I have ever tasted is Amaretto and Bass Ale. It was called a “Dr. Pepper” boilermaker/shooter, and it does indeed bear a solid Dr. Pepper like taste.

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