Irish Car Bomb

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Irish Car Bomb
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An Irish Car Bomb with Guinness and Irish cream.
Type Beer cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard drinkware A pub glass and a shot glass.
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Commonly used ingredients
  • 1/2 shot Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 shot Irish cream
  • 1 pint Irish stout
Preparation The whiskey is floated on top of the Irish cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into the stout.
Notes Original recipe:
  • 1/2 oz. Irish cream
  • 1 pint Irish stout[verification needed]
  • 1/4 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. coffee liqueur

An Irish Car Bomb is an American beer cocktail that is drunk as a bomb shot, similar to a boilermaker. It is made with Irish stout, Irish cream, and Irish whiskey.[1]


This Irish Car Bomb was invented in 1979 by owner Charles Oat at Wilson's Saloon in Norwich, Connecticut.[2]


The "Irish" in the name refers to the drink's Irish ingredients; typically Guinness stout, Baileys Irish Cream, and Jameson Irish Whiskey.

The "car bomb" refers to the fact that the drink is a "bomb shot" and also to the many car bombings that took place during the Troubles in Ireland. For this reason, the name is sometimes deemed offensive and some bartenders refuse to serve it.[3][4][2] Although the drink is popular in the United States[2] it is virtually unknown in Ireland and ordering it there, or in Britain, is likely to cause confusion or offence.[3] The inclusion of the term in the promotional material of an English bar in 2014 drew complaints and caused public outrage, resulting in a withdrawal of the offending promotional flyers and a public apology by the bar manager.[5]


To make the drink, whiskey is floated on top of Irish Cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into the stout. Once mixed, it must be drunk quickly because it will curdle.[6][7] While Kahlúa was part of the original recipe, it is often excluded from the drink today. Some refer to that original recipe as a Belfast Car Bomb.[8][9][10][11]

Other uses[edit]

MMA fighter Todd Duffee uses The Irish Car Bomb as his nickname.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Irish Car Bomb drink recipe". Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Detelj, Tina (July 5, 2010). "Irish group slams cocktail". New Haven, CT: WTNH. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Dicke, Scott (March 6, 2007). "History of Irish Car Bombs Isn't Something to Drink To". Daily Nexus (University of California, Santa Barbara). Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ Halleron, Chris (September 28, 2005). "Hal Wastes His Wages Defuse the 'Irish Car Bomb'". Hudson Reporter (Hoboken, New Jersey). Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Nightclub scraps Irish Car Bomb shots poster". March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sennett, Bob. Complete world bartender guide. 
  7. ^ Charming, Cheryl (October 1, 2007). The Everything Bartender's Book: 750 recipes for classic and mixed drinks (2nd ed.). Everything Books. p. 178. ISBN 1598695908. 
  8. ^ "Carbomb Creation". April 16, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Meaning of an Irish Car Bomb". March 11, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ "". Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Belfast Carbomb #1". Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Todd Duffee". Retrieved September 3, 2012. 

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