Irish Car Bomb
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Irish Car Bomb
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The Irish Car Bomb is a controversially named cocktail that combines a smooth and creamy texture with a sweet and complex flavor profile. It traditionally features a blend of rich ... more The Irish Car Bomb is a controversially named cocktail that combines a smooth and creamy texture with a sweet and complex flavor profile. It traditionally features a blend of rich Bailey's Irish Cream and robust whiskey, with cola providing a fizzy, caramel-like sweetness that complements the bold spirits. Served in a lowball glass, this cocktail is a fusion of Irish and American influences, offering a unique drinking experience. The name of the cocktail has been a subject of contention due to its reference to a sensitive historical issue in Ireland, and it's more commonly enjoyed in the United States. Despite its name, it is enjoyed for its distinctive combination of flavors and the interactive experience of dropping a shot into a tumbler of cola and whiskey.
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4.89% | 1.71 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Irish Car Bomb

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Fill a shot glass full of Baileys
Put the whisky into a tumbler without ice
Top up with coke, leaving about a three centimetre gap from the top
Drop the shot of Baileys into the tumbler and serve


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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Irish Car Bomb cocktail?

The Irish Car Bomb originated in the late 1970s in Norwich, Connecticut, not in Ireland as one might assume. The cocktail was created by Charles Burke Cronin Oat, co-owner of Wilson's Saloon. The name references its Irish ingredients and the practice of dropping a shot glass filled with a mixture into a glass of another beverage, but has been met with controversy due to its insensitive reference to a troubled period in Irish history.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve an Irish Car Bomb?

An Irish Car Bomb is traditionally served in a lowball glass. The process involves first pouring the whiskey and Bailey's into a shot glass, then dropping the shot glass into a lowball glass filled with cola, encouraging a rapid consumption. It's best served immediately after combining to experience the intended flavor profile and effervescent effect.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of an Irish Car Bomb compare to other similar cocktails?

The Irish Car Bomb has an alcohol content of 4.89%, which is relatively moderate compared to other bomb shots or similar cocktails. For example, a classic Jägerbomb might range closer to 7% alcohol by volume, depending on the ratio and type of energy drink used. The Irish Car Bomb's constituents and volume result in a lower alcohol content, making it less potent in terms of immediate impact.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the cola in an Irish Car Bomb with another type of soda?

Yes, you can substitute cola with another type of soda in an Irish Car Bomb, although it will alter the taste profile of the cocktail. Some may prefer a lighter soda, like ginger ale, for a slightly different, perhaps less sweet, taste experience. However, it's important to note that the classic version specifically uses cola to achieve its characteristic flavor.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Are there any popular variations or customizations for the Irish Car Bomb cocktail?

While the classic Irish Car Bomb recipe includes whiskey, Bailey's, and cola, some popular customizations include using flavored whiskey or cream liquors for a different taste. Experimenting with different types of cola or even adding a dash of flavored syrups can create a unique taste experience. Keep in mind, though, that modifications will change the traditional flavor profile of the cocktail.

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