The Irish Car Bomb: the controversial drink with a split reputation | The Guardian
But barroom banter can descend into a deep freeze when one popular St Patrick’s Day drink is called for: the Irish Car Bomb, which consists of a shot of Irish whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and sometimes Kahlúa, served alongside (or dropped into) a pint of Guinness.
While the Troubles that long plagued Northern Ireland and Britain may be a distant memory to US millennials, the mere mention of the cocktail can still get some drinkers’ backs up. The drink is least popular in the UK, where many still keenly remember the violence and deaths provoked by the decades-long conflict.
Perhaps more than any other cocktail, the Irish Car Bomb is a drink with a split reputation dictated entirely by nationality. In 2014, a bar in Oxford, England, was compelled to rescind a promotion featuring the drink in the face of public outcry. In the US, meanwhile, it is consumed by feckless millions who harbor no qualms about the indelicacy of the name. (So accepted is the drink on these shores that Irish Car Bomb cupcakes are popular seasonal treats.)