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How to Make a Boilermaker

You know a movie hero is downtrodden when you watch him slam back a shot, then immediately chug down a beer. That's a boilermaker -- the toughest one-two punch in cocktail culture.


  • Step 1: Fill shot glass Fill the shot glass with whiskey.
  • Step 2: Pour beer Pour the beer into the pint glass. This will be the "chaser" for the whiskey.
  • TIP: In a "depth charge," the shot glass is dropped upright into the beer mug. The resulting fizz, yup, encourages immediate chugging.
  • Step 3: Drink shot Drink the shot of whiskey.
  • Step 4: Wash it down Wash it down with the beer.
  • FACT: The Boiler Makers of Purdue University aren't named for the drink – the name's a reference to the school's engineering students, who designed and made boilers for locomotive engines.

You Will Need

  • Whiskey
  • Beer
  • A small shot glass
  • A pint glass
  • A little courage

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