Belfast Bomber Recipe and Variations

The Belfast Bomber, or Irish Car Bomb, is a mixed bar drink that is generally composed of:

  • half a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  • one fourth shot of Kahlua
  • and one fourth shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey

Directions: All put together in a shot glass. These are either taken or mixed together with a half pint or mug of Guinness stout beer. The Belfast Bomber is supposed to be drank very fast since it can curdle immediately.

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There are many ways to drink the Belfast Bomber. A common recipe that people use for the Belfast Bomber is that they do not mix the shots with the Guinness beer, but they drink it first then use the beer as a chaser to follow the shot. There are other people who pour the mix into their Guinness beer and drink it very fast afterwards. There are even cases where people drink some beer from a can or bottle and then they mix the shot into the rest of the beer left in the can or bottle and then drink the whole thing.

One more way to drink the Belfast Bomber is by dropping or sliding the shot glass containing the mixture of Bailey's, Kahlua and Whiskey into the bottom of a mug containing the half pint of Guinness. After this they are supposed to finish the drink immediately. Many people say this is the appropriate way to drink the Belfast Bomber and it is the way it was made by the creator of the drink, Charles Burke Cronin Oat, in 1979. They also claim that this is the reason why the drink is called as such, since Charles Burke Cronin Oat said Bombs away! before he dropped the mixture into his beer when he made the first Belfast Bomber. The drink also foams or explodes (like a bomb) when the shot glass contents mixes with the beer.

The Belfast Bomber actually evolved from other drinks created by Charles Burke Cronin Oat. The original one was the Grandfather, and the previous one before the Belfast Bomber was the IRA. There are now many variations or drinks that can be considered evolutions of the Belfast Bomber. These can be drinks that are very similar but some of the ingredients have been changed.

Some people have taken out the Kahlua from the Belfast Bomber recipe and call the drink the traditional Belfast Bomber or Irish Car Bomb. This also involves half a pint of Guinness and a shot glass containing half Baileys Cream and half Jamesons whiskey. The shot is also dropped into the beer and drank very fast. Some claim this is the real or traditional Irish version since Kahlua is not Irish.

The Canadian Car Bomb also involves:

  • beer, 1/2 to 3/4 pint of Molson beer
  • mixed with 1/2 oz of Canadian Club whiskey
  • 1/2 oz of maple syrup

The maple syrup is usually heated first to make it easier to mix. This drink can be drank as is or the mixture of whiskey and maple syrup can also be bombed into the beer.

The Redneck Bomb is one shot of Jack Daniels that is dropped into a mug containing any kind of beer, usually one that came in a can. And there is also the Dixie Car Bomb, which uses:

  • a mix of 1/2 oz Old Crow bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps in a shot glass

The shot glass is dropped into a glass containing 15 oz of Pabst lager. This is also drunk like a Belfast Bomber.