This entire week has put me in a serious nap situation. Cloudy, rainy, overcast, kinda humid and still a little too warm for October days encourage us all to put our feet up, curl up with a blanket, and go to bed. But it’s Friday! The start of a weekend, no matter how rainy and gloomy. A weekend which will find me back at my alma mater cheering on the suddenly-not-THAT-terrible Purdue Boilermakers football team. It was only fitting to have a Boilermaker cocktail to kick things off.
By definition, a Boilermaker* cocktail is a shot of whiskey and a beer. Traditionally dropped in, shot glass and all, into the pint glass to be chugged, preferably leaning up against the Harry’s Chocolate Shop bar. Today’s version is catering less towards a dare from a friend that come with closing out your tab, and more with sharing a nice fall cocktail with friends, but I stuck with the principle of it. I have put whiskey into hard cider. This drink is sneaky. It feels like it’s low alcohol, like you just mixed some whiskey with a soda. Except that the soda is actually hard cider, and while it is sweet, it does in fact have alcohol in it, so buckle up if you have more than one of these.
Ironically, the first time I ever had hard cider was during my years at Purdue. One summer, I stayed on campus to work, and many a Happy Hour was spent with coworkers and friends with pitchers (!) of Woodchuck Cider. Sweet, boozy, and easy to drink on a summer afternoon, I only drank it that summer. Never before, and never after– therefore cementing it’s status in my memory as a college drink only to be enjoyed during the summer of 2006.
This drink is super easy to make, and I imagine if stuck into a cold Yeti tumbler, would be perfect for tailgating. The cider is sweet, the whiskey is warming, and a splash of ginger beer adds bite. Served over clear ice with a fresh pear garnish, it’s seasonal and refreshing. Now, someone call an Uber. Time to go to Harry’s.
Pear Cider Boilermaker
Makes two 8 oz cocktails
1 12 oz can of hard pear cider of your choice
3 oz whiskey
1-2 oz Ginger Beer (I like Fever Tree because it is pretty serious about its ginger flavor. If you choose one that is less intense, you might want to add more here. Adjust whiskey accordingly.)
In a small pitcher, combine the whole can of pear cider, whiskey, and ginger beer to taste. Pour evenly into two glasses over clear ice. Garnish with fresh pear. Cheers!
*What the heck is a Purdue Boilermaker?…http://www.purduesports.com/trads/what-is-boilermaker.html