A refreshing Guinness float recipe made with Guinness beer and ice cream then topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Incredibly delicious!
Who says ice cream floats are only for kids? Not at all! In fact this boozy Guinness float is a real treat and although we're sharing our Guinness float recipe just in time for St. Patrick's Day, it's a drink to enjoy anytime.
Root beer might be the traditional choice for a float, but a beer and ice cream combination is actually a delightful one. A beer like Guinness, with its rich, coffee flavored undertones pairs very well with chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
One of my favorite places in the world is Ireland and I've been there three times. Most recently, my husband and I traveled there with our two daughters and had such an incredible time. One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the Guinness brewery and storehouse in Dublin and taking the famous Guinness tour to learn about the history of this iconic beer.
Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands in the world. The dark Irish stout originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland in 1759. He had such confidence in the success of his beer that he signed a 9,000 year lease on the property where he started his brewery.
Since my first trip to Ireland, I've enjoyed more than a few of these smooth dark beers and decided to combine it with vanilla ice cream to make a delightful Guinness float.
What Does Guinness Taste Like?
Guinness is a rich black beer that is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with notes of coffee and chocolate. It's smooth and velvety in texture and surprisingly contains less alcohol than a typical draught.
Ingredients In A Guinness Float
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- Vanilla, chocolate, or coffee ice cream
- Guinness Stout
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate syrup
How To Make A Guinness Float
A Guinness ice cream float couldn't be easier to make.
You can use any variety of Guinness you like. I like using Extra Stout.
- First, place a couple of scoops of ice cream into a tall glass. My personal preference is for vanilla ice cream but chocolate ice cream is a close second.
- Drizzle a little bit of chocolate syrup over the ice cream.
- Then, slowly pour in the Guinness and watch it foam. Wait for the foam to go down and then add a little more to the glass.
- Finally, top it off with whipped cream and a hefty drizzle of chocolate syrup.
What To Do With Leftover Beer?
Other Single Serving and Small Batch Irish Recipes
- 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 12 ounce bottle Guinness
- 1/4 cup whipped cream
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup , divided
- Place ice cream in a tall glass.
- Pour 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate syrup over the ice cream.
- Slowly pour the Guinness into the glass. Stop and let the foam subside then pour in the rest of the beer.
- Top with whipped cream and remaining chocolate syrup and feel free to add a little more to suit your tastes.
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