The Boilermaker Revisited
Bourbon and beer get the craft cocktail treatment
Anvil Bar & Refuge bartender Alex Gregg wanted to update a boilermaker for the Houston bar’s menu of Southern-inspired cocktails. “You can’t get more Southern than a shot of whiskey and a beer,” says Gregg, whose Rooster Cogburn puts an elegant spin on the beer cocktail. Texas gets a shout-out with a simple syrup made from Lone Star lager, while traditional cane syrup gives the drink its richness and an egg adds “luxurious body.”
The Rooster Cogburn
1½ oz. Buffalo Trace bourbon
2 oz. “hoppy” IPA
½ oz. lager syrup (see below)
1 tsp. Steen’s cane syrup
1 whole egg
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for several minutes until the egg is incorporated and the mixture is nice and frothy. Strain into a tall collins glass with no ice. If desired, garnish with a little bourbon in half an eggshell and a bourbon-macerated cherry.
2 12-oz. bottles lager beer (Gregg uses Lone Star)
1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
In a deep saucepan over medium-high heat, add the beer and reduce by half, taking care not to let it bubble over. Stir in sugar and mix until it dissolves. Allow to cool.