Rye • Bitter
Bernie's Beer and A Long Shot

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is the candidate that just wouldn't quit. Until he did, of course (successful revolutionaries know when it's time to cut bait). In honor of both his down-to-earth appeal and his stick-to-itiveness, we fashioned a signature take on a drink that embodies the champion of the proletariat. The Boilermaker (aka a shot and a beer) is thought to have originated with the workers who built and maintained steam engines in the 1800s. A classic quitting time drink, our take subs in an Old Fashioned shot in place of straight whiskey. To truly feel the Bern in this deconstructed drink, we recommend using overproof Old Overholt, lighting the shot on fire, and putting it out by dropping it into the beer.

The Essentials

Rye Whiskey
Maple Syrup
Bar Spoon
The Details
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1 oz Rye Whiskey
.25 oz Maple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura
Lemon Twist
Orange Twist
Pony of Beer


  • Pour rye, maple syrup and Angostura into a mixing glass. Add orange and lemon twists.
  • Fill the mixing glass 2/3 of the way with ice.
  • Stir and strain into a 2 ounce shot glass.
  • Carefully set the shot on fire (feel the Bern) and serve with a pony of Miller High Life garnished with an American flag toothpick. For extra enjoyment, pour the beer into a glass and extinguish the flame by dropping the shot into the beer.