Irish Car Bomb Jell-O Shots for St. Patrick's Day: A Recipe (Photos)

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St. Paddy's Day is around the corner, and we're so over the same tired traditions that get trotted out every year. Green beer, corned beef and cabbage, shamrock shakes, yadda-yadda-yadda. Where's the originality?

This year, think outside the boozy box and delight your alcoholic friends with these epic Irish Car Bomb Jell-o shots. Treats worthy of St. Pat himself.

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Several recipes for these layered beauties are floating around online. We used this one as a starting point.

Note: This recipe makes only about ten to 12 Jell-O shots, depending on the size of the cups. Double or triple the recipe to make more. And if you want to keep the cost down, sub out the Jameson or Baileys with cheaper brands. We're pretty sure your drunk friends won't notice.

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac


  • 1 1/4 cups of Guinness Stout
  • 1/2 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 4 packets unflavored gelatin (Knox brand come four to a box)
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Water
  • (For those who like to drink while they work, buy a six-pack of the Guinness Stout and you'll have plenty left over for your sipping pleasure.)

Part One:

1. Pour 1/2 cup of Jameson into a bowl. Pour two packets of unflavored gelatin onto the whiskey. Let it sit for one minute; then stir to help it dissolve.

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2. In a separate bowl, pour in 1 1/4 cups of Guinness; then pop it in the microwave for approximately 80 seconds.

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im Irish and have lived in Ireland my whole life, i find this very offensive. an Irish car bomb? come on. i think i'll make a tall cocktall called the 9/11 flaming tower. 


Here's a tidbit for ya... the Irish Car Bomb was created in 1979 in Connecticut (northern part of the US). the 'Irish" part in its name refers to the ingredients used which are Irish (Guiness Stout, Bailey's, and Irish Whisky). The bomb part refers to it being a bomb shot.  As for it specifically being called a car bomb, that does refer to the bombings that did happen. I personally do think it's a poor name, but if it was called an Irish Bomb, it would still be considered offensive despite it not meaning to.  Doesn't matter that there are many other bomb drinks out there.

If you want to create a drink called the 9/11, or Twin Towers, go right ahead, I won't stop you. I don't take offense by such petty things.

Burbank Okuda
Burbank Okuda

The Irish car bomb? Sometime a little class, grace and empathy for those whom were injured, mamed, killed and whose families and values were blown up are more important than a cavalier attitude and crass insult to a country to create a drink for a bunch of South Beach drunks. Shame on you get some heart and a sense of empathy.


@Burbank Okuda ahhhh everyone calls it that.   I've been all over the country and it's not unique to New Times or Miami...


@Waaaaah No, it's just you fucking yanks have absolutely no class. If there was a cocktail call a 9/11 tower buster you'd be up in arms.

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