The other day, I saw someone asking whether the “Irish Car Bomb” drink is popular in Ireland. From what I have read, this cocktail is a mixture of Irish cream, whiskey and stout. It is also sometimes referred to as an “Irish Slammer”, simply because you have to drink it quickly before the cream begins to curdle.
Do they serve “Irish Car Bombs” in Ireland?
Personally speaking, I have never even heard of such a drink. And I have been living in Ireland for over thirty years. Nor have I ever seen it being listed on any cocktail menu.
While reading around online, I came across multiple stories of American tourists attempting to order the cocktail in Irish pubs. In most cases, the bartender had no clue what they were talking about. In other cases, the bartender became offended by the name of the drink.
Essentially, this is an American cocktail. The word “Irish” is only used because the drinks used in the mixture are Irish.
Will Irish people get offended if I ask for one?
I can only speak for myself when I say that the name doesn’t really offend me. However, I can’t really pretend to know how other Irish people will react if you ask them for such a drink.
If you are in Ireland and you really want to drink an Irish Car Bomb, then you should probably just refer to it as an “Irish Slammer” instead. That way, you can play it safe and avoid offending the bartender or those within earshot. If you ignore this advice, then there is a chance that you will be mocked or berated.
Put it this way: If I were to travel to the USA and order a drink that was named after a dark moment in American history, I doubt that it would be received so well.
Why would the name be seen as offensive?
Possibly because the name is inspired by the troubles that occurred in Ireland. In 1998, a car bomb exploded in the Northern Ireland town of Omagh, killing 29 people. In 1974, 34 Irish people were killed when four car bombs exploded in Dublin and Monaghan. Events like these are well-remembered. Therefore, people may interpret the name as something that is making light of those atrocities. They may also feel angered that a tourist would have the gall to travel to Ireland and ask for such a cocktail.
Hopefully, this article convinced you to avoid such a situation!