Irish Car Bomb

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Irish Car Bomb
Irish Car Bomb.jpg
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 whiskey into a glass of 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 offensive by most Irish and British people, 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]

Contrary to its name, the cocktail is only commonly known and well-consumed within the United States; the cocktail is mostly unknown or undesirable to Irish and British people, due to either its controversial name or its unusual adulteration of regular Guinness stout, which is usually consumed on its own within Ireland itself.[10]

In 2014, The Junction nightclub in Oxford included the drink in promotional material for St. Patrick's Day.[11][12][13] This drew complaints, followed by withdrawal of the promotion and a public apology by the bar manager.[11][12][13]

The drink is known by other names, including: "Irish Slammer",[14] "Dublin Drop",[1] or simply the "Irish Bomb" to avoid offending patrons.[15]


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][16][17]

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.[18][19][20][21]

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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. ^ "The Irish Car Bomb: the controversial drink with a split reputation". the Guardian. March 17, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Nightclub scraps Irish Car Bomb shots poster". March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Junction's 'Irish Car Bomb' poster inflames local opinion". Oxford Brookes University. March 12, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "The Irish Car Bomb: the controversial drink with a split reputation". the Guardian. March 17, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  14. ^ Gore, Makinze (March 2, 2021). "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Irish Slammers". Delish. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  15. ^ "How we can put an end to the "Irish Car Bomb"". November 30, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  16. ^ Sennett, Bob. Complete world bartender guide.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Carbomb Creation". April 16, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  19. ^ "The Meaning of an Irish Car Bomb". March 11, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  20. ^ "". Archived from the original on August 13, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  21. ^ "Belfast Carbomb #1". Retrieved May 18, 2009.

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