Irish Car Bombs: The Most Insensitive Drink of St. Patty's Day?

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Happy St. Patrick's Eve! Tomorrow, of course, is the day for Americans to drink (and regurgitate) green beer because, well, it's St. Patrick's Day, bro! But before you embrace the cultural holiday by ordering a round of "Irish"-themed cocktails, think about this . . .

Many Irish hate Irish Car Bombs--for good reason. The drink, a shooter of Bailey's and Irish whiskey dropped into a glass of Guinness, brings back terrifying memories of unrest in Northern Ireland, where real car bombs killed dozens of citizens at a time during The Troubles. Marcus Beer, who lived in the UK during that time, penned a thoughtful piece on the issue for LAist. "The IRA (Irish Republican Army) was our Al Qaeda," he writes. " . . . How would you feel if some former enemy of the US decided to market a 'Flaming Twin Towers' cocktail?" 

More green beer, anyone? 

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Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Irish Car Bombs are gross anyways....that's like two Guiness' wasted.

Tyler James
Tyler James

Well my heritage is indeed Irish and it is a holiday I celebrate but it's a common mistake.

Jed Spellum
Jed Spellum

I'm not stupid. Ignorant or wrong would be the words you're looking for, and someone hasn't seen Happy Gilmore. This crow is delicious! I read somewhere that Paddy isn't short for Patrick. I can't find it though. All I can find is that Paddy is, indeed, short for Patrick. I could care less about the holiday since I'm not catholic and my heritage can be traced back to the people that killed and helped oppress the Irish.

Dorian Jones
Dorian Jones

Yes.. an unfortunate name, and here in America the meaning is watered down... and you can bet that no one would ever condone these acts... but let's face it... the things that were going on over there, were not nearly as devastating as 9/11. Plus it's not an Anti-Irish sentiment... Someone said racism, which is odd since a shitload of other white people order these drinks. This coming from a great-grandson of County Donegal native... with 3rd, 4th or whatever cousins who run a pub out there.

Tyler James
Tyler James

Jed Spellum you're stupid if you think it's spelled Patty's and not Paddy's. Goodbye bitch.

Jed Spellum
Jed Spellum

Paddy is a traditional Irish name that is in no way short for Patrick THE PRICE IS WRONG, BITCH!

Chris Chapple
Chris Chapple

Even if no Irish people are offended, I'm offended on their behalf. This is downright racist, even if the targets of this are in no way affected.

Kevin De Silva
Kevin De Silva

Tomato juice, vodka, float cottage cheese : The Tijuana hooker

Ian Ray
Ian Ray

the IRA makes terrible bartenders.

Nathan Lewis
Nathan Lewis

What about the Osama Bin Laden? Two shots and a splash of water.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

I feel a Mel Brooks movie coming out of this question. A bar designated to serving only drinks with an offensive name! First round of 911 shooters are in me! Ha!

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Perpetuating the stereotype that the Irish do nothing but get drunk is equally insensitive yet dumbassed Americans do it every fucking year.

Daniel Ortega
Daniel Ortega

They should popularize that Syrian anise spirit, Arak. Mix it in a coctail and call it a Suicide Bomb. See? Totally insensitive. Naming drinks after acts that maim and kill. Sheesh.

Narsee Gonzalez
Narsee Gonzalez

Yup. You wanna talk about insensitive drink names though? Order an Abortion next time you're at a bar.

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Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

the historical wars of the beach bon fire pits will go down in history. US poor can't looooose

Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

last time we had 90210 due a full scale save the Peach Pit. Which was cognitional war for save the beach pits against these fascist richies meany grinches. This time full scale OWS leprecans 

Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

Full scale guy fox face masks in leprican gear running up the beach with bags of masks dancing as they go would be the greatest rebellion ever the bon fire pits wars have ever seen. The Rich still complaining about moving to a designated fun mine area poor still have to fight back. Come on OWS you got me idea lets see it. 

Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

hahaha ba ba due due drinking and protesting is fun yaaaaaa some lepricans in gear with bags and masks oh boy ya 60 bonfire pits whooooo raaaaa

Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

60 bon fire pits 60 sticks and guy fox face masks. Public property public protest all a go. 

Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

speaking of which I have some guy fox faces to place on some bon fire pits to do the old rich folks do not mess with poor folks this weekend. Figure a few teigh's in I will stumble out with my bag of sticks and masks. 

Economic Warfare Ins
Economic Warfare Ins

Guiness and Bailey's Gustavo say something please what do you mean exactly. "The Most Insensitive Drink"Not even close that is basic Irish drink you have to place more on the table than that.Diesel recipe1/2 pint lager1/2 pint cider1 dash blackcurrant cordialPour the lager first then add the blackcurrant cordial. Top up with the cider. The colour sholud be very dark approaching the colour of Guiness. Drink several of these and watch the room spin around! N.B. Only the cheapest lager and cider from the students union bar should be used.Read more: Cider mixed-drink recipes: 20+ appetizing drink recipes. 

http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat... 

That is not even intense. Want intense try a teigh. that is where Irish whiskey, Irish beers, and Irish coffee all poured into one big double pint glass. That is intense. It is terrorific. 

ScoobySnacks
ScoobySnacks

Yeh IRA was justifed!!! and get a clue Weekly its PADDY NOT PATTY!!!! If this was about Mexicans it would be all correct. just sayin....

Alva
Alva

St Paddy's day is for amateurs.  Any ANY cocktail that includes Bailey's Irish Baby Diarrhea should be outlawed on general principles.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Rediculous statement of the day... "The IRA (Irish Republican Army) was our Al Qaeda "

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fought a guerrilla war against British rule in Ireland in the Irish War of Independence.

I know how you feel Marcus... It sucks when a people wont just roll over and be her majesty's subjects!  

Because of your outlandish statement I'm drinking car bombs all weekend! LIVER BE DAMNED!

BeerSnobieDoug
BeerSnobieDoug

Wow... 300 years of unrest (more than our country's young existence) leading up to a 30 year civil war, fought on streets, in cities, pitting neighbors against each other and causing countless deaths from belligerents and innocents alike are not nearly as devastating as 9/ll. What typical, myopic American Exceptionalism. 

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Now that was funny in a sick way. Ha!

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

If this were about Mexicans we'd be talking about Cinco de Drinko, the least authentically celebrated Mexican commemoration in history.

Rocket J
Rocket J

When the IRA turned to indiscriminate attacks against civilians with tactics like car bombs they became a terrorist origination and lost legitimacy. I am a supporter of Irish independence but the end does not justify the means. Targeting civilians in a military struggle is wrong. Be it Dublin, New York, Nanking or Nagasaki.

At least have Jamison which comes from the Republic of Ireland, not Bushmills which is manufactured in the occupied north. Also may I suggest Dr Johnson and his motor car for your designated driver at the rising of the moon or Erin's noble emblem could be your winding sheet.

OCMisfit
OCMisfit

I take offence you called it "Jamison".

ScoobySnacks
ScoobySnacks

oi vey, I dont thinks thats any better lol just change the spelling of Patty to the correct term!!! PADDY!

909Jeff
909Jeff

So we aren't supposed to celebrate Mexican independence... ERRRRRR... the battle of Puebla by getting all stupid on Tequila, rita's and stuffed on Tacos?

2015 will be the perfect storm... Cinco de Mayo Taco Tuesday! Might as well take wed off work! 

And yes I know Mexi Independence is on Sept 16th.... 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Jameson and root beer is pretty darn good! 

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