Irish car bomb (cocktail)

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Irish car bomb
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An Irish car bomb with Baileys Irish Cream.
TypeBeer cocktail
Standard drinkwareA pub glass and a shot glass.
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Commonly used ingredientsGuinness stout, Baileys Irish Cream, and Jameson Irish Whiskey
PreparationThe whiskey is floated on top of the Irish cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into the stout

An Irish car bomb, Irish slammer, Irish bomb shot, or Dublin drop[1] is a cocktail, similar to a boilermaker, made by dropping a bomb shot of Irish cream and Irish whiskey into a glass of Irish stout.[2]


The "Irish" in the name refers to the drink's Irish ingredients; typically Guinness stout, Baileys Irish Cream, and Jameson Irish Whiskey.[3]

The term "car bomb" combines reference to its "bomb shot" style, as well as the noted car bombings of Ireland's Troubles.[3][4][5] The name is considered by many to be offensive, with many bartenders refusing to serve it.[6][7][8] Some people, including Irish comedians, have likened it to ordering an "Isis" or "Twin Towers" in an American bar.[4][9]

In 2014, The Junction nightclub in Oxford included the drink in promotional material for St. Patrick's Day.[10][11][12] This drew complaints, followed by withdrawal of the promotion and a public apology by the bar manager.[10][11][12]

The drink is known by other names, including: "Irish slammer",[13] "Dublin drop",[1] or simply the "Irish bomb" to avoid offending patrons.[14][failed verification]


The whiskey is layered over the Irish cream in a shot glass, and the shot glass is then dropped into a glass of stout. The drink should be consumed quickly as the cream will cause it to curdle within a short time.[5][15][16]

While Kahlúa was part of the original recipe, it is often excluded from the drink today. Some refer to the original recipe as a Belfast car bomb.[17][18][19][20]

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  1. ^ a b "Dublin Drop". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Irish Car Bomb drink recipe". Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "This St. Patrick's Day Staple Is a Crowd Pleaser". Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Pardilla, Caroline (March 17, 2015). "Why the Irish Car Bomb Is St. Patrick's Day's Most Controversial Drink". Eater. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Why You Probably Shouldn't Ever Order An Irish Car Bomb". HuffPost. March 14, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Detelj, Tina (July 5, 2010). "Irish group slams cocktail". New Haven, CT: WTNH. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Fisher, Rebecca (April 25, 2022). "Liveline listeners outraged by controversial crossword". Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  9. ^ "Here's Aisling Bea on Americans and their "Irish car bomb" cocktails". December 24, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Nightclub scraps Irish Car Bomb shots poster". March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Junction's 'Irish Car Bomb' poster inflames local opinion". Oxford Brookes University. March 12, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  12. ^ a b "The Irish Car Bomb: the controversial drink with a split reputation". the Guardian. March 17, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  13. ^ Gore, Makinze (March 2, 2021). "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Irish Slammers". Delish. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  14. ^ "How we can put an end to the "Irish Car Bomb"". November 30, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  15. ^ Sennett, Bob. Complete world bartender guide.
  16. ^ Charming, Cheryl (October 1, 2007). The Everything Bartender's Book: 750 recipes for classic and mixed drinks (2nd ed.). Everything Books. p. 178. ISBN 978-1598695908.
  17. ^ "Carbomb Creation". April 16, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  18. ^ "The Meaning of an Irish Car Bomb". March 11, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  19. ^ "". Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  20. ^ "Belfast Carbomb #1". Retrieved May 18, 2009.

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