How to Make an Irish Car Bomb and Drink it Correctly


Could it get any more Irish than combining Irish cream, whiskey and Guinness stout? If you haven't guessed, these Irish ingredients make up the iconic Irish Car Bomb, a classic choice on St. Patrick's Day. The Irish Car Bomb is more of an experience than a drink, involving dropping your shot into the glass of Guinness beer and then chugging your glass of Irish libations faster than the Irish cream can curdle, which happens faster than you might think.

The Irish Car Bomb

Also known as a an Irish Slammer, Irish Bomb Shot, or Dublin Drop, this cocktail is a boilermaker, which is the name for any drink in which you drop a shot into a beer. Invented in 1979, this drink is highly popular throughout Ireland.

It was created by Charles Burke Cronin Oat, the previous owner of Wilson's Saloon in Norwich, Connecticut. Although popular throughout Ireland and the U.S., many find the Irish Car Bomb's name offensive, as it is named for its "bomb shot" style and the car bombings that occurred in Northern Ireland.


The most commonly used ingredients for this controversial concoction are Jameson Irish whiskey, Baileys Irish cream, and a pint of Guinness. However, one variation involves using Kahlua rather than Bailey's Irish cream liqueur. If you're going the traditional route with Bailey's, you'd better chug your drink, as the Irish cream reacts to the acid in your beer mug within a few seconds, curdling almost immediately.

How To Make An Irish Car Bomb

Making an Irish car bomb is quick and easy. Simply mix the Baileys and whiskey in a shot glass, pouring slowly for a layering effect.

Make sure your pint glass is 3/4 full of Guinness- if it's full to the brim your drink will spill. Drop the shot in and drink up!

Turn It into Cupcakes

Don't want to drink the entire pint in a minute? Make Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes! These treats feature a Stout beer cupcake, a whiskey ganache center, and an Irish Cream buttercream. Yummy!


Get the recipe here.

Irish Car Bomb

What could be more Irish than whiskey, Bailey's and Guinness? The Irish Car Bomb is a classic on St. Patrick's Day but can be enjoyed any time of year!

  • 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 3/4 pint Guinness Beer
  1. Mix the Baileys and whiskey in a shot glass, pouring slowly for a layering effect.
  2. Drop the shot into your pint glass and chug!