A Car Bombing Incident
This evening I wandered upstairs at Mellow Mushroom, sat at the bar and asked for a Boddingtons. Sorry, the cheerful barkeep replied, won't have any for a few more days...when the truck arrives with the next delivery.
He also didn't have any Speckled Hen or Tetleys but did suggest an Australian creamy ale I had never tried and, while it looked murky, it went down well.
He was quite busy and I watched him filling something from containers on the back bar and asked what it was. L.I.T. he answered then brought over a shot for me to try. I LIKED the taste of Tea from Long Island and explained I had quit liquor years ago and now merely sipped beer. He opined I was missing a lot.
About half way through my Aussie ale he came back to say he had found a few cans of Boddingtons and was chilling one down for me. I thanked him.
He began making four drinks that looked like chocolate milk shakes and again, I inquired what it was. He pointed down the bar and said the group was having Car Bombs. He was surprised that I didn't seem to know about them since I enjoyed English and Irish beers.
My glass was empty so he brought the familiar tall yellow can of Boddingtons and poured it into a fresh pint glass. "I covered the can in ice and sprinkled salt over it to make it colder quicker," he commented. It was ready to drink and tasted perfect.
The young bartender then announced that the group down the bar had ordered me a Car Bomb so I could experience it:
3/4 pint Guinness® stout
1/2 shot Bailey's® Irish cream
1/2 shot Jameson® Irish whiskey
Add the Bailey's and Jameson to a shot glass, layering the Bailey's on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don't drink it fast enough it will curdle and increasingly taste worse.
He did all that and then, with a cheery wave and a raised toast to my new buddies, I dropped the shot glass into the beer mug and chugged down this adult milk shake. A warm feeling diffused through me as some liquid that had overflowed on the bar was quickly wiped with napkins.
"Man, this was a great taste."
I had dinner and later drove home pleased with the experiment. Wonder if they would consider changing the name to Irish Friendship.