15+ Irish Car Bomb & Other Guinness-Inspired Cocktail Recipes
Irish Car Bomb is a relatively simple bomb shot recipe made with Irish cream and Irish Whiskey dropped into a glass of Guinness. It is basically two drinks, drank together for a cocktail that will take you places.
Created by Charles Burke Cronin Oat in 1979 as a St. Patrick’s Day drink, it became a rather controversial beverage. The ingredients for this shot are all Irish, made with Irish cream and coffee liqueur. Later, the Irish whiskey was added and the drink was officially named the Irish Car Bomb.
The name was meant to be innocent, mainly due to the “explosion” it creates when the shot is dropped into the beer. However, it brought to mind the gory details of the detonation of more than 20 car bombs in Belfast, Ireland in 1972.
No wonder that even the makers of the main ingredients purposely fail to mention Irish Car Bomb in their annual St. Patrick’s promotional ads. In his book, Oat regretted naming the cocktail thus. In fact, ordering that cocktail in any Irish pub can get you kicked out early.
Guinness is a dark Irish dry beer and is considered as the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland. Made with malted and roasted unmalted barley, it started with humble beginnings when Arthur Guinness started to brew ales then exported his first few barrels to Great Britain.
During the first centuries of brewing, Guinness only produced three variations of a single beer. One of them is the porter or single stout beer. Another is the double stout and the third is the foreign stout. “Stout” refers to the beer strength, but later on, the word denoted the body and color of the beer.
Lighter beers tend to skunk earlier than dark beers. It loses its distinctive taste due to the breaking down of the molecules in the beer and recombining with a sulfuric compound as a result of exposure to UV light. To counter the skunking, beers are bottled in amber bottles or UV-protected glass bottles.
Black and blonde is a beauty to behold. Made with just two versions of the Guinness, it highlights the contrast how one stout can largely differ from another, considering they both come from the same brewery.
Draught beer usually comes with the tap, but not everyone can afford a tap for a home bar so Guinness decided to bottle those so many can enjoy it. It skunks easier compared to the darker beers.
It sounds like a new coin, but the name is actually a play on the mint, which is the essence on the crème de menthe. It gives a new character to an otherwise just bitter beer.
Containing 7.5% ABV, the Guinness Extra Stout traces its roots back in 1801 when it was first brewed by Arthur Guinness. Try using the Extra Stout with the Irish Car Bomb for a stronger kick. If you are not a fan of the extra stout, you can always choose draught. It works just as well.
Blended rum, blackcurrant liqueur and the rest of the ingredients come together for a cocktail that will transport you out of this world - thus, parts unknown. The lemon juice and the orgeat bring back memories of the sour, only this one uses beer.
This frothy sweet cocktail is a true treat for those who want a bitter and sweet gustatory experience. Blackstrap rum is naturally sweet as it is made with black strap molasses as one of these ingredients.
Back then, the black strap rum is commonly smuggled that the patron has little to no chance of tracing its origins. The dark color of the black strap rum belies its sweetness and coupled with the condensed milk, it balances the strong body and bitterness of the Guinness Extra Stout.
The lovely honey flavor and aroma on the Bushmills is a slight upgrade to the classic version of this liquor. Add to it the creamy crème de cacao and you’re on the way to cocktail heaven.
Ale is brewed differently than the lagers although they are both still beers. The lager uses bottom fermenting where the yeast is found at the bottom of the tank and it takes longer to ferment than the ales.
On the other hand, ale uses top fermenting where the yeast thrives in warm temperatures and takes shorter brewing time. Guinness is a type of an ale so substituting it with the Smithwick’s Irish Ale is a good choice.
Instruction to make
Who doesn’t love this brunch staple? Take it a notch higher by adding beer to the usual vodka. Known as the blank canvas of cocktails, the Bloody Mary surely welcomes this version.
Customize the garnishing according to your preference, although we kept it to the minimum here with just the lettuce.
This is the classic Old Fashioned recipe made better with Guinness, however, instead of using plain sugar, this one used simple syrup. There is not much sweetness in this cocktail.
However, if you like the taste of plain sugar better, take it to a higher level by wetting a sugar cube with the Angostura Bitters. Pour in the bourbon and Guinness, but don’t stir to just slowly release the sugar and the bitters.
This baby doesn’t have any Guinness in it, but the coffee liqueur and Irish cream did it, being the main ingredients of the original Irish Car Bomb Cocktail. This is a layered drink, with the lighter colored Irish cream floating on the darker coffee liqueur.
The classic Black Russian is a cocktail made from vodka and coffee liqueur. This recipe added Coke and Guinness to add more kick to the cocktail.
Gone are the days when dessert is only eaten. Frozen cocktails are the fad now. Adding ice cream to the usual Guinness cocktails adds the sweetness to the otherwise bitter cocktail.
A bitter cocktail can be a bit overwhelming, much less drinking just the beer. The taste of Guinness can take time to develop, but adding ice cream takes the edge off from it.
Affogato is a coffee-based dessert that takes a new life in this brewed coffee and Guinness dessert cocktail. This is a wonderful treat for brewed coffee lovers who love to indulge themselves. Instant coffee might work, but nothing beats the freshly brewed espresso.
The velvet is symbolic of opulence and decadence because only the well-off can afford the fabric bearing the name. The Red Velvet is among the pricier velvet fabrics, only after the purple one.
The smoothness of velvet is evoked in this beautiful cocktail with the addition of the champagne while its strength is celebrated by the Guinness. Just make sure everything is well chilled so you don’t need to add ice.
Another cocktail inspired by the fabric that is made fit for royalty - the Black Velvet. Its layered look reminds us of the gold-trimmed gowns of queens and duchesses in the middle ages. Use the sweet champagne to even out the bitter Guinness.
Dubbed as the poor man’s Black Velvet, this cocktail is the reverse of the Black Velvet method where the lighter liquor, this time a beer on the lower part of the cocktail. Make sure all the beers are very cold.
For a beer lover like you, plan a get-together with old friends and throw the perfect Moscow Mule party! Similar to the Guinness Float, you can also indulge in this root beer float. Or try this selection of foods that go well with your favorite beer.
Irish Car Bomb is a relatively single recipe bomb shot made with Irish cream and Irish Whiskey dropped into a glass of Guinness. It is basically two drinks, drank together for a cocktail that will take you places. Relatively simple but takes courage to drink in a chug, it takes time getting used to.
Created by Charles Burke Cronin Oat in 1979 as a St. Patrick’s Drink, it became a rather controversial drink. The ingredients for this drink are all Irish, made with Irish cream and coffee liqueur. Later, the Irish whiskey was added and the drink was officially named Irish Car Bomb.