Mariah Carey's Irish cream: the true saviour of 2021
Time to Go Black Irish, we guess?
Mariah Carey invented Irish cream this week, following the launch of her new alcoholic beverage, Black Irish.
Mariah, whose mother Patricia Hickey had Irish parents and father Alfred Carey was African American-Venezuela, launched the Irish cream this week, much to the delight of pretty much every Irish person on the internet.
Yes, every single one.
“Two years in the making. Truly a cause for celebration!!! @goblackirish” she wrote.
Accompanying the text was a photo of Mariah lounging on a beach with the bottle of Black Irish in front of her. Your granny's house with a roaring fire on in the depths of winter would have made slightly more sense, but hey, not all of us can be Irish cream aficionados.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 16, 2021
Mariah's new creation comes during a time of turmoil, a point of uncertainty in Irish history - and history everywhere, pretty much.
Covid has been running rampant on our shores for almost a year and a half. We're in dept. Rents continue to increase. There's nowhere to live. The weather was good for about a week and now it's shocking. Every Airbnb in the country is booked out until summer 2024. The Luas isn't actually free.
All of these things, and more, could have had the potential to make 2021 The Worst Year Ever - and it almost did. That was, until, the Queen Diva herself dropped her latest beverage, and suddenly everything was right in the world again.
On a more poignant note, Carey making the decision to celebrate her identity and heritage through the simple form of creamed alcohol is absolutely a move we can get behind.
In 2009, the singer spoke candidly about how she was judged for being mixed race, with many accepting her white Irish background and being critical of her African American-Venezuela one.
“It’s, like, my mother’s white – she’s so Irish, she loves Ireland, she’s like, yay, Ireland! Waving the flag and singing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. And that’s great. I appreciate that and respect it," she said.
“But there’s a whole other side of me that makes me who I am and makes people uncomfortable. My father identified as a black man. No one asked him because he was clearly black. But people always ask me.
"If we were together, people would look at us in a really strange way. It sucked. As a little girl, I had blond hair, and they’d look at me, look at him, and be disgusted.”
Mariah's Black Irish liqueur is available to buy in stores, somewhere, now.