Northern Ireland Car Bomb
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Northern Ireland Car Bomb
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The Northern Ireland Car Bomb is a cocktail with a bold flavor profile that combines the rich, creamy sweetness of Bailey's Irish Cream with the deep, malty notes of Guinness ... more The Northern Ireland Car Bomb is a cocktail with a bold flavor profile that combines the rich, creamy sweetness of Bailey's Irish Cream with the deep, malty notes of Guinness and the sharp, warming kick of whiskey. It's typically served in a pint glass and is known for its unique way of consumption, where a shot of Bailey's and whiskey is dropped into a glass of Guinness, creating a cascading effect. This drink is a variation of the classic "Irish Car Bomb" and is often associated with St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Its name, however, can be controversial and is considered by some to be insensitive due to historical and political connotations. The cocktail offers a multi-layered drinking experience and is crafted to be enjoyed quickly after the ingredients are combined to prevent curdling and to savor the intended mix of flavors.
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6.97% | 2.13 units *

Pint glass

Ingredients

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10ml ⅓oz 1cl
20ml ⅔oz 2cl
275ml 9.3oz 27.5cl

Method
How to make a Northern Ireland Car Bomb

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour half a pint of Guinness into a pint glass and then add two parts whisky to a shot glass and carefully layer one part Baileys Irish Cream so it floats on top
Place the shot glass inside the pint glass and serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin and history of the Northern Ireland Car Bomb cocktail?

The cocktail known as the 'Car Bomb' originated in the late 20th century. The term 'Irish Car Bomb' is more commonly used, especially in the United States, and refers to a drinking ritual where a shot of Irish cream and whiskey is dropped into a glass of stout. The name itself is controversial due to associations with the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and it's generally advised to be considerate when ordering by name, especially in Ireland or the United Kingdom. The Northern Ireland Car Bomb is a variation of this concept.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly consume a Northern Ireland Car Bomb?

The Northern Ireland Car Bomb is consumed as a 'bomb' shot. Firstly, pour the Guinness into a pint glass. In a separate shot glass, combine the Bailey's and whiskey. When ready to drink, drop the shot glass into the pint of Guinness and consume rapidly. The swift consumption is recommended to avoid the mixture curdling.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of whiskey is best used for a Northern Ireland Car Bomb?

For the Northern Ireland Car Bomb, an Irish whiskey is typically preferred due to its smooth and versatile flavor profile, which complements the creamy texture of Bailey's and the robust characteristics of Guinness. Common choices include Jameson or Bushmills, but personal preference or availability may dictate the final selection.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is there a specific occasion when the Northern Ireland Car Bomb is traditionally served?

The Northern Ireland Car Bomb, much like its related cocktail, the Irish Car Bomb, is often associated with St. Patrick's Day celebrations due to its Irish ingredients. However, it's a popular choice for various festivities or group gatherings, particularly in bars and pubs. It's important to note the controversial nature of its name and to be mindful of the setting in which it is ordered or served.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Northern Ireland Car Bomb compare to that of a standard beer?

With an alcohol content of approximately 6.97%, the Northern Ireland Car Bomb has a higher alcohol percentage than the average beer, which typically ranges from 4% to 6%. This is due to the combination of Guinness, Bailey's, and whiskey, making it more potent and should be enjoyed responsibly.

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