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Thirst-day 5th June 2017 – The Irish Car Bomb cocktail

The Irish Car Bomb

Did you enjoy last week’s Butterbeer? Well, we hope you’re up for something stronger: the Irish Car Bomb.

The Irish Car Bomb is an American bomb shot cocktail (like a boilermaker), which means it’s made by mixing two drinks. Making an Irish Bomb is pretty simple: you drop a shot of Irish cream and Irish whiskey into a mug of Irish dry stout (a specific kind of ale).

As you may have guessed, the “Irish” part of the drink’s name is from the Irish ingredients used. For “car bomb”, it refers to the car bombings in Northern Ireland’s conflict during the late 20th century.

Because of this, the cocktail’s name is viewed as offensive, which is probably why bartenders are increasingly calling it the “Irish Bomb” or “Irish Bomb Shot” to avoid riling their customers.

So here’s how to make the drink:

Irish Car Bomb ingredients

  • A pint of Guinness stout
  • 1/2 shot of Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1/2 shot of Jameson Irish whiskey


  1. Pour the 1/2 shot of Irish cream first into the shot glass.
  2. Pour the 1/2 shot of Irish whiskey on top of the Irish cream.
  3. Fill a pint glass with 1/2 to 3/4 full of Guinness stout, then let the foam settle.
  4. Drop the filled shot glass into the glass of Guinness, then drink the cocktail immediately.


  1. As we’ve mentioned, you must drink the cocktail right away. The cream will quickly curdle if you don’t, and this will ruin the drink.
  2. Don’t order the drink in Ireland. The Irish Car Bomb is an American cocktail, and even then, some bartenders in the U.S. choose not to call it as such because the name may cause offense.
  3. Drinking one Irish Car Bomb is like drinking a couple of Guinness pints. So yes, it’s strong enough to grow hair on your chest. Because of this, we suggest you limit your intake to one per hour to pace yourself.