The Irish Car Bomb Cocktail Recipe

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Most beer cocktails are fun and exciting, because they involve some special preparation and consuming; at the same time, they are also quite potent because they imply mixing beer – which can be strong enough as it is – with a stronger body of alcohol like rum, vodka, whiskey and so on. Such is the cocktail we are going to talk about in this article, the Irish Car Bomb cocktail.

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Contrary to what its name says, the Irish Car Bomb cocktail is in fact an American beer cocktail, and it is consumed much like the Boilermaker cocktail; thus, it is served as a bomb shot, with the shot of alcohol being dropped in the beer glass. The Flaming Doctor Pepper is also consumed like a bomb shot, the only difference being that the shot of alcohol is set to flames before being dunked in the beer. Strangely, we know who invented the Irish Car Bomb cocktail; it was invented by a bar owner by the name of Charles Oat in 1979, at his Wilson’s Saloon bar from Norwich, Connecticut.

The confusion of the name stems from the ingredients used to prepare the Irish Car Bomb cocktail. To begin with, you need a large glass of beer and a shot glass. The beer glass is half filled with beer, the general choice being Guinness stout, or some other dark beer. The other ingredients used are half a shot of Irish whiskey and half a shot of Irish cream. After the beer has been poured, take the shot and pour the Irish cream; complete the glass by filling it with the whiskey. Normally, you have to achieve a layered effect here; bartenders do this by pouring on the back of a spoon, so the liquid flows gently instead of dropping into the glass.

Immediately after this is done, the shot has to be dropped in the pint of beer and drunk, otherwise the two Irish alcohols curdle and aren’t the nicest thing to look at. As you can see, the name of the Irish Car Bomb cocktail is given by the Irish whiskey and cream, and the fact that they are combined with another Irish beer, Guinness. However, this cocktail is mostly popular in America, and has nothing to do with Irish traditions; in fact, if you go into a bar in Ireland and ask for this cocktail, it is very likely the bartender won’t know exactly what you are referring to.

In fact, you may even offend people, because the name of the cocktail is also inspired by a troubled era in recent Irish history, when a lot of car bombings between gangs would take place, causing disturbance and scares.

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