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A short history and evolution of the Irish Car Bomb

Updated on March 9, 2013

The Irish Car Bomb

The evolution of the Irish Car Bomb

We all know and love this particular drink. We become Irish for a day, we wear the color Green, and we have ourselves some corned beef and potatoes, and we even develop a fake Leprechaun like Irish accent.We go to our favorite local Irish Pub or somewhere and get completely sloshed off this incredible bomb all day long. However, this is definitely one of the most interesting bombs with an intriguing story and evolution behind it. Let's start with the Grandfather.

The Grandfather is an original cocktail created by a bartender by the name of Charles Burke Cronin Oat in Wilson's Saloon, 76 Franklin St. Norwich, Ct in 1977.


2/3 Bailey's Irish Cream

1/3 Kahlua

As you can see, this is the shooter portion of the Irish Car Bomb. This is very light and pleasant to the taste. A bit of time went by and Oat thought that this was just not enough. There was something missing. He added the classic Jameson Irish Whiskey into the mix. He took out the Kahlua and decided to call this the IRA.


1 1/2 oz James Irish Whiskey

1 oz Baileys Irish Cream

Around 1979, he was sipping and making drinks with a few friends. He finished half of his Guinness and put a shooter of Baileys and Jameson! He made a small comment before he downed the drink, "Bombs Away!" The Irish Car Bomb was born right now St. Patrick's Day!

The Irish Car Bomb

1/2 shot Jameson

1/2 shot Baileys

A half Pint of Guinness Stout

Make sure you take this shot as quickly as possible if you decide to drop it in because it curdles due to the Bailey's Irish Cream. Some people shoot the Baileys and Jameson first then use the Guinness as a chaser

The concept of this drink is not completely original in itself as there is one called the Boilermaker, which is whiskey dropped into beer.

The interesting thing about this Irish Car Bomb is the history of the name which stems from The Troubles in Ireland at the time,. this is why it's not a good idea to go Ireland and ask for this bomb. In fact, there is still news about Irish people not actually liking the connotations of this drink.

As you can see, The Irish Car Bomb has a very interesting and relevant history. Take a look at my blog for other awesome Irish/St. Patrick's Day Recipes.

Grandfather - the original drink!

IRA cocktail

Irish Car Bomb


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