There’s no better way to end a long, hard day than with a six pack. Some days are harder than others though, and a sixer doesn’t always cut it. Sometimes you need a little more kick to get right. If that’s the case, a lot of doctors recommend adding a shot to your bottled beverage (citation needed). After some discussion — and more than a few drinks— with a local bartender, this is what we came up with.
Here are five great liquor-six pack combinations.
Naked Crossbones- Oculto and tequila
If you haven’t added Oculto to your list of favorite beers yet, remedy that situation as soon as possible. Aged on tequila barrel staves, this light lager has a crisp, refreshing taste that’s perfect for warm weather. Seeing as it has a hint of tequila in it already, it’s primed and ready for that shot of 1800. Oculto was made with tequila in mind, so this is a drink that was always meant to be. Silver tequila is recommended.
Jessica Rabbit- Redd’s Apple Ale and Fireball
A college barroom favorite, the cinnamon smack of Fireball complements the bitter sweetness of Redd’s and feels like warm apple pie going down. You’ve two classic tastes that have always paired well together, now conveniently in alcohol form. It might not burn like shine, but it’ll warm you up on a cold day.
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine- Jameson Caskmates and a wheat ale
It’s right there in the name, and recommended by the Jameson company themselves. Caskmates was meant to pair well with fine beers, especially wheat ale. This new line from Jameson is finished in stout seasoned whiskey casks and has a darker taste than the original. As far as the wheat ale goes, try Midwest-favorite Oberon Ale. It’s bottled in Kalamazoo, MI, and has a taste you’ll relish.
King’s Ransom- Not Your Father’s Rootbeer and Vanilla Crown Royal
Not Your Father’s enjoyable taste comes with drawback; for many people, it’s just too sweet. A great way to balance that out is with more liquor. Vanilla crown is a flavorful solution that ends up levels out the taste. You end up with a drink that tastes like a rootbeer float. It’s almost like being a kid again, but with alcohol. Pretty much ideal, really.
Desperate Housewife- Smirnoff Ice and flavored vodka
An obvious idea, but also one with a lot of interesting options to consider. The amount of different flavor combinations leaves a lot of room for exceptional blends of flavor. Raspberry ice with chocolate vodka, whipped cream and grape, etc. The world is yours, get creative with it. Also, if you feel like you’re not punishing your friends enough when you ice them, this is a great way escalate the situation.