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Thursday, February 02, 2023

When you finish your final tests and papers, it’s important to start your end-of-semester celebration the right way. Start it off with bombs. Bombs are an easy way to take simple ingredients, most of which you already have, and transform them into an exciting, entertaining drink.

To execute a bomb, all you need to do is fill a shot glass and drop it into a beer. There’s plenty of room for creativity and invention, but here are a few classics to get you started:

Irish Car Bomb

½ shot Irish cream, ½ shot Irish whiskey, 12 oz Guinness

This is a drink that demands chugging. Float the whiskey on top of the Irish Cream in a shot glass, and prepare the beer in a pint glass. When you bomb the shot into the beer, drink as quickly as possible; the longer you wait, the more the Irish cream will curdle, tasting worse and worse as the seconds tick by.

Beer Buster Bomb

1 shot vodka, 12 oz beer, 2-plus dashes Tabasco sauce

Although many people drink the Beer Buster as a cocktail, it is more effective when bombed. Pour the beer, add the Tabasco sauce, then bomb your shot and chug. The hot sauce, which is a freshman-year favorite among my friends, will burn your mouth, throat and stomach as it goes down, releasing endorphins and making you a real man.

Sake Bomb

1 shot warm sake or soju, 12 oz Japanese lager, 1 pair of chopsticks.

The sake bomb –pronounced sah-kay, not sah-key – is good to set up for several friends at once. Pour your beer, then set the chopsticks across the top of the glass. Balance the sake shot on top of the chopsticks, then count to three in Japanese: Ichi, ni, san, KAMPAI (Cheers)! When you yell “Kampai,” pound both fists on the table. The impact will knock the sake off of the chopsticks and into the beer.

Fire Bomb

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¾ shot dark rum, ¼ shot Bacardi 151, 12 oz amber lager

Float the 151 on top of the rum in a shot glass, light it on fire, and drop it in your beer.  The caramel notes in the amber lager will complement the dark rum and burnt flavors nicely.  Be careful when you play with fire.

 Belfast Car Bomb

 ½  shot Kahlua, ¼ shot Irish cream, ¼ shot Irish Whiskey, 12 oz Guinness.

Cherry Bomb

¾  shot cherry vodka (or vodka with a splash of grenadine), ¼ shot Irish cream, 12 oz chocolate stout.

Keep in mind, as every bomb you drink will be the equivalent of two standard drinks, pacing yourself becomes very important.  Also, with a shot glass floating in the bottom of your drink, there is a possibility of chipping a  tooth.  Play it safe – better to let that last ounce go than risk tooth-to-glass contact.

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