Pro bar tip: Never order an Irish Car Bomb while in Ireland (or from an Irish bartender). Though the shot-and-beer combo doesn’t mean to offend (it only means to get you tipsy), its name is a rather insensitive reference to a dark era in Ireland’s history. Invented in America (not Ireland) on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976 at Billy Wilson’s, a Norwalk, Connecticut, bar, the name of the drink references its Irish ingredients and the way in which the cocktail is consumed: You drop a shot glass filled with Irish cream (usually Baileys) and Irish whiskey (usually Jameson) into a pint of Guinness (creating a type of liquid “explosion”) and chug. It’s a good, fun drink—it just happens to have a terrible name. So, if you’re craving the sweet, malty party drink, try making your own at home. Simply mix some Irish whiskey and Irish cream in a shot glass, drop it into a half pint of Guinness Stout and chug away. Then do everyone a favor and try and come up with a better name for the drink—one that doesn’t make any mention of violence or terrorism.
Irish Car Bomb
- Combine the whiskey and Irish cream in a shot glass.
- Drop the shot into a pint glass filled with Guinness.
Mix it Up
While this frothy cocktail can be sipped day or night, its home is at the brunch table. Though it dates back to pre-colonial days, it found its rightful place amongst cocktail royalty in New Orleans where it’s served to ailing Bourbon Street survivors looking for a little relief. It’s soothing, sweet and includes just enough alcohol (a rich mix...