As some might know, the Irish Car Bomb is an alcoholic drink made with an Irish stout (as in Guinness), Bailey's and Irish whiskey. I'm not a drinker and don't frequent bars/pubs so I hadn't heard of it until a couple years ago. As you can see by my blog roll I like a lot of food blogs - one of which posted a recipe for Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. This was my introduction.
I was instantly turned off by it, as were several of the author's commenters (click the link to read through). The author eventually changed the name to Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes, but wasn't happy with the debate in her comment section.
I've read a little bit about The Troubles in Ireland and don't think it's something that should be taken lightly. Even if I wasn't familiar with The Troubles, I wouldn't use the drink name (or any subsequent desserts) because car bombs - any sort of bomb - are a very real, very frightening threat our Armed Forces and their allies face every day overseas. My husband spent an extremely tense tour in Iraq patrolling - and not a day went by that he wasn't aware of the danger.
But it's not just that. Royal and I lost a good friend and excellent Royal Marine to an explosion in Afghanistan in 2008. He was just 26 years old. I can't put into words how devastating Elmsy's death was for his family, friends and fellow Bootnecks.
A couple days ago, another of the blogs I read posted a few recipes:
Irish Brownie Bombs (um, they have a tan top...)
Irish Car Bomb Cheesecakes.
She also does a cake bomb, imagine that.
Look, I know it's "just a drink" and I should "get over it" (clever, right!). I'm not calling for a universal beverage name change. I'm just putting out there - in time for St. Patrick's Day - that it's a crass, thoughtless and cruel way to order what sounds like a perfectly delicious drink.
My husband completely agrees, but I put it to my Twitter followers to see what they thought:
@nicorussell - "pretty distasteful name for a drink really"
@Letters2Afghan - "over here [UK] we would never call our drinks and desserts that"
@LacyinTX - "Nope, not just you. I don't like the sound of that either"
@collca - "I totally agree with you"
@jenlars8 - "Not just you, but I've never been to a bar that served anything named like that. Must be regional??"
Happily, no one responded in favor of the drink (proving once again, that I follow lots of awesome people on Twitter!)!