You may have been saved from terrible hangovers if you have always followed the “liquor before beer” advice. But, then you have inevitably missed out on some of the best bomb shots. For all the risk takers out there, here’s a tip: try the Irish Car Bomb. The Irish Car Bomb, unlike any other cocktail, is a drink that welcomes you with a split reputation dictated by nationality entirely.
The barroom banter inevitably descends into a deep freeze when a popular St Patrick’s Day drink is called for – this bomb usually comprises a shot of Irish whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlúa added to it, dropped into or served alongside a pint of Guinness. The ingredients are simple and easily available.
Although the term “Irish” refers to the varieties of the Irish alcohol recipes, this bomb shot was named in reference to the car bombings that occurred during the Troubles in Ireland. Quite obviously, it is almost never served in the UK.
3/4 pint Guinness stout
30ml Bailey's Irish cream
30ml shot Jameson Irish whiskey
Mix your own Irish Car Bomb:
Let the Bailey's and Jameson flow to your shot glass, layer the Bailey's to the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a beer mug or pint glass 3/4 of the way full and let it settle. Drop your shot glass into the Guinness and knock it back immediately. If you don't finish it off quickly, it will curdle and taste worse over time.
Who doesn’t fancy a flip? The term ‘flip’ originated in 1695, when a blend of rum, beer and sugar was heated with a red-hot iron that caused the drink to froth or flip. It was used to describe a class of blended drinks.
Whisky Mac, formerly known as Whisky MacDonald, has its roots in British India where Colonel Hector MacDonald concocted this beverage. In 1899, the colonel proposed a demarcation between China and British India with a border. There was unrest after this demarcation which was followed by a breakout of cholera. Owing to medicinal properties of ginger, ginger wine gained wide popularity.
Scouring for additions to your menu of novel cocktails this new year? Those that demonstrate your exemplary skills of being a cocktail maven, and will surely impress your guests? How about Scotch with beetroot juice?