Irish Car Bomb: A Simple Dropped Shot

Irish Car Bomb Recipe

The Spruce

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 shot (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
295 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 shot (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 295
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Irish car bomb is a popular bar shot and is incredibly easy to make. If you've enjoyed a few at the bar, it's time to learn how to create this fun party drink at home. You'll need three Irish ingredients for your Irish car bomb—Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and Guinness Stout.

Similar in both method and effect as the Jäger bomb and the ​Boilermaker, the Irish car bomb is not for the faint of heart. It is customary to chug the drink right after the shot of Irish cream and whiskey is dropped into the glass of beer. It is becoming popular for bartenders to skip the shot glass and simply mix everything right in the pint glass.

It is a lot to drink to get down in one shot. Unless you want to get drunk quickly (or enjoy a rather nasty hangover), then it may be best to limit yourself to one (or two) per night.


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  • 1/2 pint Guinness
  • 3/4 ounce Irish cream liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce Irish whiskey

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the Irish cream into a shot glass, then top it with Irish whiskey.

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  3. In a tall pint glass, pour 1/2 a pint of Guinness and allow the foam to settle.

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  4. When it's time to drink, drop the shot glass into the Guinness and drink as fast as you can.

  5. Enjoy!

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  • Do not order this drink in Ireland. It is an American drink and the name refers to the explosive effect when the shot is dropped into the beer. Someone had the not-so-brilliant idea to name it after a very bad time in recent Irish history, known as the Irish "Troubles." Real car bombs are not taken lightly in Ireland. Ordering an "Irish car bomb" is likely to get you thrown out of the pub and few people would argue that you did not deserve it. 
  • Some drinkers have taken to layering the Irish whiskey on top of the Irish cream, then lighting the whiskey on fire. It's not necessary and 80-proof whiskey really doesn't flame well—you need a higher-proof liquor for that. Besides, if your intention is to get "bombed," playing with fire is not in your best interest. This is especially true if you've already had a few drinks.
  • Jameson is the most popular Irish whiskey to pour into an Irish car bomb. There are many options available, including Bushmills and Kilbeggan. Pour what you like, but try not to spend too much money on the whiskey. After all, it is just a shot.

How Strong Is the Irish Car Bomb?

If we were to pour Jameson and Baileys Irish cream into an Irish car bomb and use 6 ounces of Guinness, the drink would be about 9 percent ABV (18 proof).

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