I first heard someone ordering an “Irish Car Bomb” cocktail in Durty Nellie’s, an american Irish bar in San Antonio, Texas during NPRA a couple of years ago. It was shockingly sobering to have the maimed bodies of Omagh conjured up in casual humour and an unpleasant demonstration that plenty of people still find other countries’ terrorism entertaining.
The drink is a pint of Guinness, with a Jamesons top, and a shot glass of Baileys dropped into it so that the whole drink explodes over the glass.
Last week when some colleagues were out at a local pub, someone tried to order an Irish Car Bomb, and the barman refused to serve him. Apparently we have longer memories in London, especially those of us who grew up in the Irish suburbs of north London.
I see there is already a “9/ll” cocktail, but I don’t think that will be on the menu at Durty Nellie’s.