The Irish Car Bomb is a popular drink around St. Patrick's Day, though some be surprised to hear it didn't originate in Ireland. In 1979, Charles B. Oat created the drink at Wilson's Saloon in Norwich, Connecticut, according to a booze blogger who studied bartending under Oat.

The Irish Car Bomb is a shot of Bailey's plopped in a pint of Guinness.  And it is really popular, especially around St. Patrick's Day.

The original shot included Bailey's, Kahlua and Jameson's Irish Whiskey. It was originally called the "Grandfather" because it was made to toast one's grandfather, but the name was soon changed to the "IRA" because when the shot of liquor is dropped into the beer, the build of bubbles is like an explosion, sounding like the explosives the IRA would use in terrorist attacks.

Some bartenders refuse to serve the drink due to the political implications of the name, but for the most part it's enjoyed across the US anywhere binge drinkers gather.  If found the recipe on Drink Nation, so that you could enjoy with your friends and family.

Irish Car Bomb Recipe

  • 1/2 oz. Irish Cream (Bailey's)
  • 1/2 pint Stout (Guinness)
  • 1/2 oz. Whiskey, Irish (Jameson)

Pour half a pint of chilled Guinness into a beer mug and let it settle. Take a shot glass filled with 1/2 oz. of Irish whiskey on the bottom and 1/2 oz. of Irish cream on top. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug.

And as always, please drink responsibly.

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