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An Irish Car Bomb is a tasty little Irish variation of the common boilermaker. This high octane drink is usually made up of three quarters of a pint of Guinness stout beer, one half shot of Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur and one half shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Obviously the brands of ingredients is not a major significance, unless you really must have an authentic Irish Car Bomb. This volatile mixture will curdle rather quickly, therefore you are advised to drink an Irish Car Bomb rather quickly compared to other drinks.

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The Irish Car Bomb is said to have been invented in 1979 in Wilson's Saloon, 76 Franklin St. Norwich, Ct., on St.Patrick's Day, by Charles Burke Cronin Oat. It was a variation of another drink he invented known as the Grandfather. Made of one half oz. (give or take) of Baileys and one quarter oz. (give or take) of Kahlua. After realizing that something was missing, Charles Burke Cronin Oat added some Jameson Irish Whiskey, as he did this he said "the IRA just showed up", due to the fact the mixture started to foam over like a little explosion. And with this invention, the Grandfather disappeared and a new drink, the IRA was born.

Two years later, while he and some friends where drinking IRAs and Guinness, Charles Burke Cronin Oat reinvented his recipe once again by dropping his shot of Bailey's and Whiskey into his half finished pint of Guinness with the comment "Bombs Away". And so the Irish Car Bomb came to be.

Just like a Boilermaker, there are several ways to drink an Irish Car Bomb. Some choose to shoot the Bailey's and Whiskey together, followed immediately by the beer to wash it down as a chaser. This is probably the most common way to drink an Irish Car Bomb worldwide.

Others prefer to pour the shot into the beer and then drink it all together, like a mixed drink. Sometimes this is done by drinking part of a beer, then pouring the shot into a partially empty can or bottle of beer.

Another way to drink it is to drop the shot glass of Bailey's and Whiskey right into a glass of beer immediately before you drink it. This way of drinking an Irish Car Bomb is commonly called a depth charge in many places around the world. As soon as the shot glass hits the bottom of the beer glass, the beer begins to foam very quickly. This means you must drink the whole drink at once, so be ready for it or you won't know what hits you, much like a real depth charge.

Another way of drinking Irish Car Bombs and other variations of the Boilermaker, popularized in Hannover, Germany, is known as Luttje Lage. Both the shot glass and the beer are poured into the mouth at the same time.

Here are some of the varied recipes and variations of the Irish Car Bomb:

Traditional Irish Car Bomb

Add the Bailey's and Jameson to a shot glass, layering the Bailey's on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don't drink it fast enough it will curdle and increasingly taste worse.

Dixie Car Bomb

Done just like an Irish Car Bomb, pour the whiskey on top of the schnapps in a shot glass, and drop it into a pint of Pabst beer.

The Belfast Car Bomb

Pour Kahlua coffee liqueur into a shot glass. Top with Bailey's irish cream and Jameson whiskey. Drop the shot glass into a half-pint of Guinness, and consume immediately.

Canadian Car Bomb

Drink it however you like, Canadians are not picky.

The Redneck Car Bomb

Pour beer into glass, drop in shot of Jack, drink up.

Disclaimer: Irish Car Bombs should not be left sitting - drink them quickly or pay the consequences. There's no other way.