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There isn’t a time of year when Guinness doesn’t improve a cocktail recipe. To wow your guests this St. Patrick’s Day, serve a handful of these stout-based drinks. In the market for some daring drinks? Try one of these spicy cocktails to heat up your evening.

The Guinness Lady

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
Get the recipe from The Glitter Guide.

This cocktail, which features Guinness, is simple to make yet will impress both the ladies and the gents.

Irish whiskey1.5 oz (45 ml)
Coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa)0.5 oz (15 ml)
Irish cream liqueur (e.g., Baileys)0.5 oz (15 ml)
Guinness Stout (chilled)1/2 cup (120 ml)
IceAs needed
Whipped creamFor garnish
Cocoa powder or chocolate shavingsFor garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Irish whiskey, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream liqueur to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Slowly pour the chilled Guinness Stout over the back of a spoon so that it floats on top of the cocktail. This creates a layered effect.
  6. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
  7. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

Shots of Irish Car Bomb Jelly

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes

One must have at least one jelly shot at any cocktail gathering. In a playful twist on the traditional Irish Car Bomb, this cocktail features a jiggling liquid centre.

Guinness Stout1 cup
Irish whiskey (e.g., Jameson)1/2 cup
Irish cream liqueur (e.g., Baileys)1/4 cup
Water1/4 cup
Unflavored gelatin (envelopes)2 envelopes (about 14g)
Granulated sugar1/4 cup
Whipped cream (for garnish, optional)As needed
Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder (for garnish, optional)As needed


  1. In a saucepan, pour the Guinness Stout and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the surface. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom.
  2. After the gelatin has bloomed, heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin completely dissolves. Be careful not to boil the Guinness.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the sugar until it is fully dissolved.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the Irish whiskey and Irish cream liqueur.
  5. Pour the whiskey and Irish cream mixture into the Guinness mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Carefully pour the mixture into shot glasses or silicone molds, filling them about three-quarters full.
  7. Refrigerate the jelly shots for at least 2-3 hours, or until they are fully set.
  8. Once set, you can garnish the jelly shots with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings or cocoa powder if desired.
  9. Serve the Irish Car Bomb Jelly Shots and enjoy responsibly!

These jelly shots capture the flavors of the classic Irish Car Bomb cocktail in a fun and jiggly form. Remember to consume them in moderation, as they can be quite potent.

Superior Bloody Mary Recipe

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
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This Guinness-infused twist on the traditional bloody Mary is flavorful and peppery.

Vodka1 1/2 oz
Tomato Juice4 oz
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice1/2 oz
Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice1/2 oz
Worcestershire Sauce1 dash
Hot Sauce (adjust to preference)1 dash
Freshly Ground Black Pepper1/4 tsp
Smoked Paprika1/4 tsp
Celery SaltPinch
Guinness Stout (for topping)As needed
IceAs needed
Garnishes: Celery stalk, olives, pickles, bacon (optional)As needed


  1. In a shaker, combine vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, black pepper, smoked paprika, and celery salt.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice.
  4. Carefully pour Guinness Stout over the back of a spoon to create a float on top of the Bloody Mary.
  5. Gently stir to combine the Guinness with the Bloody Mary mix.
  6. Garnish with a celery stalk, olives, pickles, and bacon (optional).
  7. Serve and enjoy your superior Guinness Bloody Mary!

This Guinness-infused Bloody Mary offers a rich and complex flavor profile that combines the classic Bloody Mary ingredients with the depth of Guinness Stout. It’s a delightful twist on a beloved cocktail. Enjoy responsibly!

Sloppy Leprechaun

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
Get the recipe from Sugar and Charm.

This drink was created for whisky and Guinness aficionados.

Melon Liqueur (e.g., Midori)1 oz
Coconut Rum1 oz
Blue Curaçao Liqueur1 oz
Pineapple Juice1 oz
Sweet and Sour Mix1 oz
Lemon-Lime Soda (e.g., Sprite or 7UP)As needed
Guinness Stout (for topping)As needed
Maraschino Cherry for garnish1
Crushed IceAs needed
Lime Slice (optional, for garnish)1


  1. Fill a glass with crushed ice to the top.
  2. In a shaker, combine melon liqueur, coconut rum, blue curaçao liqueur, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour mix.
  3. Shake well to mix all the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into the glass over the crushed ice.
  5. Top off the cocktail with lemon-lime soda to your desired level of sweetness and carbonation.
  6. Give it a gentle stir to combine the soda with the other ingredients.
  7. Carefully pour Guinness Stout over the back of a spoon to create a float on top of the cocktail.
  8. Garnish your Sloppy Leprechaun with a maraschino cherry, and if desired, add a slice of lime for extra zest and color.
  9. Serve and enjoy your vibrant and festive Sloppy Leprechaun cocktail with a touch of Guinness Stout!

Milk Chocolate with Guinness

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
Get the recipe from Kitchen Tested.

Guinness is added to chocolate milk to make it a more adult beverage.

Milk Chocolate8 oz (about 1 1/2 cups)
Guinness Stout beer1/4 cup
Heavy Cream2 tablespoons
Unsalted Butter2 tablespoons
Cocoa Powder, Powdered Sugar, or Chocolate Sprinkles (optional)For coating (as needed)


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk chocolate, heavy cream, and unsalted butter.
  2. Microwave the mixture in short intervals (about 20-30 seconds each), stirring well after each interval until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a separate small saucepan, warm the Guinness Stout over low heat until it’s just slightly warm (not boiling).
  4. Slowly add the warmed Guinness to the melted chocolate mixture, stirring continuously until well combined. The mixture may thicken slightly, but that’s okay.
  5. Once the mixture is well combined, cover the bowl and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours or until it becomes firm enough to handle.
  6. Once the mixture has set, use a spoon or a melon baller to scoop out small portions and shape them into truffle-sized balls.
  7. If desired, roll each truffle in cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or chocolate sprinkles to coat them.
  8. Place the finished truffles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Refrigerate the truffles for an additional 30 minutes to firm them up.
  10. Once they’re set, your Milk Chocolate Guinness Truffles are ready to enjoy!

These truffles are a delightful treat, combining the creamy sweetness of milk chocolate with the subtle bitterness and rich flavors of Guinness Stout. They make for a perfect dessert or a thoughtful gift for chocolate and beer lovers. Enjoy!

Black Velvet

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
Get the recipe from Kitchen Konfidence.
Related: Fabulous Ways to Use Champagne

Black Velvets are a classic cocktail, but the elegant concoction gets the perfect St. Paddy’s day twist here.

Guinness Stout (chilled)1/2 pint
Sparkling Wine (chilled, champagne or prosecco)1/2 pint
Champagne Flute or Beer GlassAs needed


  1. Start by chilling both the Guinness Stout and the sparkling wine in the refrigerator. It’s important that both are very cold to achieve the desired layered effect.
  2. Carefully pour the Guinness Stout into a champagne flute or beer glass, filling it up about halfway.
  3. Slowly pour the sparkling wine over the back of a spoon into the glass. The wine should float on top of the Guinness, creating a distinctive two-layered look. The dark Guinness will be at the bottom, and the lighter sparkling wine will be on top.
  4. Allow the drink to settle for a moment, and it will naturally separate into two distinct layers.
  5. Serve immediately, and enjoy your visually stunning and refreshing Black Velvet cocktail!

The Black Velvet combines the rich, velvety flavors of Guinness with the effervescence of sparkling wine, making it a unique and elegant beverage choice for special occasions or celebrations.

Floats made of Guinness beer and chocolate

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
Get the recipe from Confessions of a Chocoholic.

It’s common knowledge that Guinness and ice cream go together wonderfully, but this sweet cocktail is further elevated by the addition of salty dulce de leche.

Guinness Stout (chilled)1 can or bottle
Chocolate Ice Cream2-3 scoops
Chocolate Syrup (optional)For drizzling (as desired)
Whipped Cream (optional)For topping (as desired)
Maraschino Cherry (optional)For garnish (as desired)


  1. Begin by chilling the Guinness Stout in the refrigerator. Ensure it is very cold.
  2. In a tall glass or beer mug, carefully pour the chilled Guinness Stout until it’s about halfway full.
  3. Add 2-3 scoops of chocolate ice cream into the glass, allowing it to float on top of the Guinness.
  4. If desired, drizzle chocolate syrup over the ice cream for extra chocolate flavor.
  5. Optionally, top the float with a generous dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
  6. Serve immediately with a long spoon and a straw for enjoying both the beer and the ice cream.
  7. Use the spoon to mix and enjoy the delightful combination of Guinness and chocolate as the ice cream melts into the stout.

This Guinness and Chocolate Float is a perfect treat for dessert or a special indulgence, offering a harmonious blend of rich beer and sweet chocolate. Enjoy responsibly!

Cream float topped with an Irish Car Bomb.

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
Get the recipe from Reclaiming Provincial.

If you want to give the traditional recipe Guinness cocktail drink, the Irish Car Bomb, a new spin, consider making it a float.

Vanilla Ice Cream2 scoops
Irish Cream Liqueur (e.g., Baileys)1 shot
Irish Whiskey (e.g., Jameson)1 shot
Guinness Stout (chilled)1/2 pint
Whipped Cream (optional)For topping (as desired)
Chocolate Syrup (optional)For drizzling (as desired)


  1. In a large glass or beer mug, place two scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  2. Pour one shot of Irish cream liqueur (e.g., Baileys) over the ice cream.
  3. Add one shot of Irish whiskey (e.g., Jameson) to the glass.
  4. Carefully pour the chilled Guinness Stout over the back of a spoon into the glass, filling it to the top.
  5. If desired, top the Cream Float with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
  6. Optionally, drizzle chocolate syrup over the whipped cream for an extra touch of sweetness and chocolate flavor.
  7. Serve immediately with a long spoon and a straw for enjoying both the creamy float and the Guinness.
  8. Stir gently to combine the flavors before sipping.

Guinness Martinis

10 Top Guinness Cocktail Recipes
Get the recipe from Heather Christo.

This international cocktail blends the savoury flavours of beer with the tang of lime.

Vodka1 1/2 oz
Coffee Liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa)1/2 oz
Guinness Stout (chilled)1 oz
IceAs needed
Coffee Beans (optional)For garnish (as desired)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka and coffee liqueur.
  2. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously to chill the mixture.
  3. Strain the vodka and coffee liqueur mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Carefully pour 1 oz of chilled Guinness Stout over the back of a spoon to create a float on top of the cocktail.
  5. If desired, garnish the Guinness Martini with a few coffee beans for added aroma and presentation.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy your Guinness Martini!

This cocktail offers a delightful combination of vodka’s smoothness, the coffee liqueur’s richness, and the unique flavor profile of Guinness Stout. It’s perfect for those who appreciate both classic cocktails and the distinctive taste of Guinness. Enjoy responsibly!

Malted chocolate and Guinness milkshake

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Vanilla Ice Cream2 cups
Guinness Stout (chilled)1/2 cup
Malted Milk Powder1/4 cup
Chocolate Syrup2 tablespoons
Whipped Cream (optional)For topping (as desired)
Chocolate Shavings (optional)For garnish (as desired)


  1. In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, chilled Guinness Stout, malted milk powder, and chocolate syrup.
  2. Blend the mixture until it becomes smooth and all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Taste the milkshake and adjust the sweetness or thickness by adding more chocolate syrup or ice cream if desired.
  4. Once you achieve the desired consistency and flavor, pour the milkshake into a tall glass.
  5. Optionally, top the milkshake with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
  6. Garnish with chocolate shavings for an extra touch of chocolate goodness.
  7. Serve immediately with a straw and enjoy your Malted Chocolate and Guinness Milkshake!

Whether you’re sipping a Guinness cocktail to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, indulging in a dessert-like treat, or enjoying an elegant fusion of flavors, these cocktails provide a memorable drinking experience.

So, whether you’re a beer enthusiast or a cocktail aficionado, give these Guinness-based cocktails a try and elevate your beverage game with the distinct charm of Guinness. Cheers to enjoying the best of both worlds in one glass!

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