Irish Trash Can

The Irish Trash Can is a mixed drink that was popular in the late 1800s. It is said to be invented by George Devlin, an Irish bartender living in New York. However, its origins are up for debate, with some people claiming it originated because of Prohibition. One theory states that the drink came about when Devlin was bartending at a cocktail party and he didn't want to show up empty handed with only liquor in his hands. He went around the house looking for food and found canned goods in the kitchen, thus creating an Irish Trash Can cocktail because of its ingredients: lager, ale, ginger ale, whiskey and Worcestershire sauce. It is a potent cocktail that contains 3 liquors and 3 liqueurs. It is served with a can of Red Bull on top. It is blue at the bottom, red on the top and green in between.

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½ ounce gin
½ ounce vodka
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce light rum
½ ounce peach schnapps
½ ounce blue curaçao
1 full can Red Bull


1. Fill a large highball glass with ice.
2. Pour in all the alcohol ingredients and stir.
3. Open the Red Bull and place the open end in the glass leaning the can against the inner rim.
4. Let the can sit in the drink dispensing additional Red Bull as you sip with a straw.

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