Guinness Float

Beer and ice cream? Delicious, if you do it right with a creamy, dark Irish stout! Take a shot at a yummy dessert.
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Saint Patrick’s Day was the inspiration, but this is one recipe that’s great fun all year long. I’d always wanted to try making a beer float, but it seemed a little dicey: beer and ice cream? But the secret is the right beer. With a great Irish stout like Guinness, I couldn’t believe how delicious they are. We made them using shooter glasses, which is a nice way to get a taste, instead of an entire pint glass. You will probably want go back for a second. (We did!)

If you don’t have Guinness, try it with your favorite stout. Irish stouts are drier than the sweeter English stouts, but either one will keep the craic (roughly “partying” in Irish) going. We also made these with a peanut butter milk stout from Belching Beaver Brewery, which was awesome.

Just pop a scoop of vanilla ice cream into an appropriate glass. Chocolate, coffee or other non-fruity flavors work, too. But keep it simple: no cookie dough or rocky road.

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Then just a drizzle of your favorite chocolate sauce. My current favorite is from Ghirardelli, but any chocolate sauce will do.

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Slowly pour the beer so it doesn’t get too foamy…

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Top with some freshly whipped cream, and enjoy!

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Guinness Floats

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 small scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 drizzles chocolate sauce
  • 1 bottle Guinness Draught
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream
  • chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)


  • Place a small scoop of ice cream in each of the shooter glasses.
  • Drizzle with chocolate sauce.
  • Slowly pour Guinness into each glass.
  • Spoon whipped cream on top.
  • Garnish with shaved chocolate.
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