Celebrating St. Paddy’s with the Irish Holy Trinity of Booze


Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots

In culinary school I learned the about the trinity of mire poix: onions, carrots and celery. I also learned the holy trinity used in Cajun or Creole cooking: onion, celery and green bell pepper. If one was to put together a boozy trinity for St. Paddy’s Day, it seems obvious it would include Jameson, Baileys and Guinness.

And in fact, those three boozy friends come together often (probably most often on college campuses all over the country) to form the drink known as the Irish Car Bomb. I’m not really huge on the name of the shot — which is insensitive at best — but it’s what this combination is most known as so I’m going to roll with it for this post.

To help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and to help make my Monday less dreary, I decided to whip a batch of Irish Car Bomb Jello Shots up over the weekend. I found the recipe on Gizmodo and the reviews of it seemed like it was winner so I hightailed it to the liquor store to pick up the necessities:


They didn’t take long to make and the recipe is very straightforward. You start with the base layer — a combination of whiskey, Guinness, sugar and gelatin. Once that has set (about an hour or so depending on the size of vessel you use), make the top layer. That one is a slightly creamy, very dreamy layer of Baileys, water and gelatin. Then let the shots set up — which will take another hour or so — and then let the good times roll!

And trust me — as one would expect from a shot made with three different types of alcohol, these are definitely potent. Gizmodo says each shot is roughly 12% and while I can’t vouch for the math, I can say the sample I tried gave me a warming whiskey burn.

The only complaint I have is that I don’t like my Jello shots really stiff. I prefer them to have more jiggle to them, more squishy than something I really need to chew. But I realize not everyone feels like that, so this consistency is probably fine for many people. Personally the next time around, I will try these with half the gelatin called for — or maybe I’ll just up the booze! — because the shots were very firm.