No longer a politically correct term as the name, Irish Car Bomb, references a dark time in Ireland's history, this bomber style shot is still quite popular stateside, especially on St. Patrick's Day. As veterans will tell you, drink it quickly or you're left with a curdled class of beer, whiskey, and irish cream.
The Green Chartreuse gives this cocktail a wonderful herby black licorice flavor that coats the palate and the sweet vermouth pulls in a matching warm sweetness. Depending on the kind of Irish Whiskey you use it'll either add more sweetness (blends) or an earthy aspect (single malts/pot still) that adds another dimension to the cocktail, giving it a bit more depth.
Dating back to the 1800's the Hot Toddy is known as the perfect night-cap to end a chilly winter day. Some even swear it's the best way to soothe a sore throat. This classic recipe is very easy to customize, so don't be afraid to experiment like we did with this Blood Orange Hot Toddy. While the original recipe calls for Irish Whiskey, the smooth sweet flavors found in most bourbons are also a great compliment to the fresh, tart lemon juice. Another way you can make this your own is by swapping the plain sugar for an alternate sweetener like honey or maple syrup, both will play nicely with the spicy clove and whiskey flavors. So whether you're fending off a cold, or thawing out by the fire, mixing up a classic like this is sure to warm you up from the inside out.