A boilermaker actually refers to two types of drink, both of which involve beer. In the case of the United States, a boilermaker is a shot of whiskey and a glass of beer. These may be mixed or separated. When separate, the tradition is to drink the liquor as a shot then sip the beer as a chaser. Boilermakers also have considerable history in television and films, partly because when the shot is separate boilermakers are immediately recognizable. In the United Kingdom, the term refers to a mixed drink that is half draught mild and half brown ale.
31. Irish Car Bomb
An Irish car bomb is similar to a boilermaker, but with different ingredients. The beer component of the drink is an Irish stout, while the shot is half Irish cream and half Irish whisky. As with the boilermaker, the shot can be drunk separately or mixed into the beer. The nature of the components means that once mixed the drink must be consumed quickly, or it will curdle. The name Irish car bomb is somewhat controversial, which makes the drink offensive in some places.
A yorsh is another beer cocktail, and an interesting one. The mixed drink is simply beer mixed in with vodka and the types of beer and vodka used can vary considerably. Likewise, there is no standard approach for the ratio between beer and vodka, and this tends to vary depending on the desired taste and strength. Because vodka has little flavor of its own, the resulting drink tastes much like the original beer, but it has a much higher amount of alcohol.
29. Gin and Tonic
A gin and tonic is a refreshing mixed drink for the summer. It is typically served in a highball glass and is served on ice. The drink just involves a mix of gin and tonic water, based on the preferences of the person making the drink. In the United States, a common recommendation is to make it yourself using bottled tonic water, as bars tend to use soda out of a tap, which often barely resembles tonic water.