Irish Car Bomb – Original Recipe & History

Irish Car Bomb
Irish Car Bomb

History Of The Irish Car Bomb.

The Irish Car Bomb was invented in 1979 by Charles Burke Cronin Oat while he worked at Wilson’s Saloon in Connecticut. The Irish Car Bomb was a bomb shot cocktail using another drink he invented called the IRA Shot. The IRA Shot is a layered shot of coffee Liqueur, Irish Cream, and Irish Whiskey. Nowadays, the shot served with the Irish car bomb is usually just Irish cream and Irish whiskey, but initially, there was coffee liqueur too. This is a fantastic cocktail, and the mix of Irish cream, coffee, and Guinness is fantastic.

Since its invention, the Irish Car Bomb has been one of the most popular St. Parick Day cocktails in the United States. St. Patricks Day is a regular holiday in Ireland, but it’s an all-out party in the United States. People dress up in costumes, there are parades, entire rivers are dyed green, and people get hammered. A cocktail like the Irish car bomb fits the mood of the day. In the last ten years, there has been a push to rename the cocktail as the name is considered offensive by some. although after 40 years as a super popular St. Patrick’s day drink and being known as the Irish car bomb, that might be hard to do.

The Irish Car Bomb Name.

I see my role in this as simply being the conveyor of the history of this cocktail. Whose duty is to convey information free from judgment, both good and bad. Judgment and opinion are the personal responsibilities of every person for themselves.

That being said, the name Irish car bomb is considered offensive for its reference to bombings by the IRA in the early 1970s. I imagine living in fear of the IRA is pretty traumatic, not to mention the innocent people who died, so don’t ask for one of these in Ireland. I’ve never been to Ireland, but from what I have read, if you order one of these at a bar, someone may try to fight you. That may be an exaggeration, but I wouldn’t know.

In the United States (Where this drink is from), I don’t think most people care. I’ve never personally witnessed anyone get upset in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. An alternative name I’ve seen suggested is the Irish Slammer. Some get very offended by the name, and some get very offended at the idea of changing the name. You can’t make everyone happy. So if you want to roll the dice and order one, I say read the room and know your audience, and remember most people in the United States are not personally invested in the Irish Car Bombs name.

The Irish car bomb is not the only controversial drink name. Some find the Kamakaze upsetting because it’s named after the Japanese suicide attacks of WWII. Adios motherfucker is often called an AMF. All the sexual cocktail names. The Black and Tan came out of late 19th century San Francisco, but there was another Irish paramilitary group in the 1920s called the black and tans. Even though the drink predates the paramilitary group, I’ve read of some Irish pubs refusing to serve Black and Tans. I read a statistic once that over the last 5000 years, there have been around 11,000 wars, so something is going to bother somebody, be it a book, movie, opinion, simply existing, etc. So again, read the room, know your audience, be good, and try to make wise choices.

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Irish Car Bomb

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

221

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Irish Car Bomb.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 oz Irish Cream

  • 1/3 oz Coffee Liqueur

  • 1/3 oz Irish Whiskey

  • 8 oz Porter Beer (Guinness)

Directions

  • In a shot glass, pour the kaluha, then pour the Irish cream, and finally pour the whiskey. Pour gently over the back of a spoon to make clear layers between the three ingredients.
  • Fill a pint glass halfway with Guinness.
  • Drop the shot in the Guinness and down the cocktail quickly since the Irish cream starts curling instantly.
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Irish Coffee – Original Buena Vista Recipe

Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee

This cocktail became a hit in the early 1950s when Stanton Delaplane brought it from Ireland to the United States. He was working at The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, and after perfecting the recipe, this quickly became their signature cocktail.

The Buena Vista Cafe is still open today, and they make some of the best Irish Coffees, but be warned, this place is always super full of other people ordering them.

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

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Calories

314

kcal
ABV

9%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the an Irish coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey

  • 5 oz Hot Coffee

  • 1 oz Heavy Cream

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in warm glass except the heavy cream.
  • Add quite a bit of heavy cream to shaker and shake for around 1 minute to thicken into whipped cream.
  • Float about an ounce or 2 of cream on top.

Notes

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Irish Mule – Moscow Mule Variation

Irish Mule
Irish Mule

This is the Irish Whiskey version of a Moscow Mule, sometimes called the Irish Mule. An older similar drink called the Horse’s Neck is also whiskey and ginger beer. The difference between these two is the Irish Mule has lime juice in it, while the Horses Neck has an enormous lemon peel to add citrus flavor.

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Calories

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ABV

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Total time

3

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey

  • 5 oz Ginger Beer

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass and add the lime juice and irish whiskey
  • Give the drink a couple turns to chill and mix.
  • Gently add the Ginger Beer and give one last stir to mix.

Notes

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Golden Glow – Make A Refreshing Whiskey & Rum Cocktail

Golden Glow Cocktail
Golden Glow Cocktail

How can you go wrong with this drink? It has everything good in it. It kind of toes the line between being an Old Fashion style cocktail and a Tiki drink.

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Calories

177

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ABV

25%

Total time

3

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice

  • 1 tsp Grenadine

  • 1/2 oz Black Rum

  • 1.5 oz Irish Whiskey

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

Notes

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