A new survey shows that the Irish car bomb drink is a fast favorite on college campuses and among sports fans despite much criticism of the name.
The car bomb is a pint glass filled to three-quarters with Guinness stout. Then add about a half shot of Bailey's Irish Cream and a quarter shot of Kahlua and top it off with some Jameson's Irish Whiskey.
When it was first made the drink foamed over and bartender Charles Cronin Oat Oat announced "The IRA just showed up".
Soon after it became known as the Irish car bomb.
Oat, owner and bartender at the former Wilson's Saloon in Norwich, Conn, told a local television station that he regretted having called it by that name.
"Of course today I would take that name back. Of course – there's no question about it," Oat said.
His mea culpa was short lived however, when it became known known he invented a previous drink and called it the IRA. Oat made his apology after the leader of an after an IRA victims group criticized the name.
Willie Frazer, a spokesman for the group FAIR said “It is disgusting that IRA car bombs which killed and maimed so many in Northern Ireland are being trivialized or celebrated in this way. "I would have expected Americans, of all people, to behave more sensitively and responsibly. How would they like it if we developed the Al-Qaeda car bomb, the Twin Towers cocktail, or the 9/11 ice-cream sundae?"
The group has called for authorities in the United States to clamp down on the sales of the cocktail and asked that the websites advertising the drink be shut down. Frazer said “All those who drink this cocktail and see it as a great joke wouldn't think it funny if they were caught in a car bomb themselves. “I'd challenge them to meet victims of bombings – people who have lost arms and legs and are scarred for life."
Despite Frazer’s plea however,it appears the Irish car bomb is as popular as ever.
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