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Guinness Float

A refreshing Guinness float recipe made with Guinness beer and ice cream then topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Incredibly delicious!

A Guinness Ice cream float made with vanilla ice cream in a glass with a metal straw, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup and a can of Guinness Stout  is in the background

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.

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A glass of Guinness stout

Guinness Beer

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.

Kegs of beer stacked in the Guinness storehouse in Dublin, Ireland

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Drizzle a little bit of chocolate syrup over the ice cream.
  3. 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.
  4. Finally, top it off with whipped cream and a hefty drizzle of chocolate syrup.
A Guinness Float made with vanilla ice cream and topped with a metal straw, whipped cream and chocolate syrup on a metal tray with a can of whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a can of Guinness Stout

What To Do With Leftover Beer?

If you have a larger container of beer that you'd like to use for this float recipe, you might like to use the rest to make a small loaf of beer bread or an Irish Stew.

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Guinness Float

Prep Time: 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Keywords: Beer, Guinness, ice cream
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 452kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 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.


The calorie count in this Guinness float is based on using full fat regular vanilla ice cream. Your calorie counts may differ depending on the fat and sugar content of your ice cream.


Serving: 1glass | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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