It’s an Irish Car Bomb. It’s a Jello Shot. It’s both.

Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots - Posted by Hammerstone's Whiskey Disks, makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots

If you’re like us, you’re into do-it-yourself science projects, especially the ones which allow you to take your favorite liquors and turn them into one awesome semi-solid cocktail. This recipe combines Guinness, Jameson and Bailey’s with a little gelatin. The result? The best jello shot you’ll ever have. These beautifully nebulous babies have Guinness-Jello bottoms with Jameson-Bailey’s-Jello foamy heads, and they taste absolutely amazing.

For those who don’t know, the traditional Irish Car Bomb combines a pint glass of Guinness and a shot glass half-full of Jameson and half-full of Bailey’s. You drop the shot glass into the pint glass and then chug the whole thing before it foams over. It’s sweet and chocolatey and it will mess you up something proper. But there’s another reason it could mess you up: it may get you punched in the face. Calling this drink an “Irish Car Bomb” offends a lot of people. Asking for it at certain bars in the United Kingdom can get you in a wee bit of trouble. Word to the wise.

We highly suggest sipping on some of the Jameson while preparing these treats. And, might we also suggest, using one of our unique whiskey stones to chill that fine Irish whiskey without diluting it. Now, let’s make these delicious amorphous drinks.


2 cups Guinness beer, divided use
3 packages unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup Jameson
1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream


Put half the Guinness, sugar and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and sprinkle with 2 packets of gelatin and allow to soak in for a minute.  Heat and stir until everything is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add the remaining cup of Guinness.  Pour into a 8×8 pan and allow to set for about 30 minutes.  Place Jameson in a saucepan and sprinkle with one packet of gelatin.  Allow to soak in for a minute.  Heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in Bailey’s and allow mixture to cool. Pour over top of the slightly set Guinness mixture. Allow to set overnight in the fridge. Scoop with a melon baller and serve on spoons. If you prefer a less-gentrified approach, feel free to use standard silicone molds.
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3 Responses to “It’s an Irish Car Bomb. It’s a Jello Shot. It’s both.”

  1. Ed
    April 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Word to the wise – asking for an Irish Car Bomb at a pub in London = very very very bad idea (and I am the king of bad ideas).

    Not recommended.

  2. Shawn
    April 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    It makes me sad I never thought to try this myself, they’re gorgeous. Now I wonder what a Baby Guinness jello shot would be like…oh, yeah – whiskeyless and EXPENSIVE.

  3. maGGie w.
    January 11, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    It looks sooo yummy!!! I shall try making that myself soooon~

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