How to Make a Guinness Beer Milkshake

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A milkshake made with Guinness beer is a sweet, creamy, boozy treat. The natural chocolate and coffee flavors in a Guinness Stout pair nicely with vanilla ice cream. Add a whipped Irish cream topping and some whiskey hot fudge and you've got yourself an Irish-inspired dessert that's perfect for St. Patrick's day -- or any day you need a rich, indulgent pick-me-up. This recipe makes two small milkshakes.

Guinness milkshakes are a rich and refreshing boozy treat.
Guinness milkshakes are a rich and refreshing boozy treat. (Image: Mary Dacuma)

Guinness Milkshake

Things You'll Need

  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream (or more if you prefer thicker shakes)
  • 1 bottle Guinness Stout
  • Blender

Step 1

Combine the ice cream and beer in a blender.

The roasted flavor of Guinness pairs well with vanilla ice cream.
The roasted flavor of Guinness pairs well with vanilla ice cream. (Image: Mary Dacuma)

Step 2

Blend the ingredients until well-combined. Taste the shake to make sure it's to your desired consistency. You can add more ice cream if you prefer a thicker shake or more beer if you want a stronger Guinness flavor.

Blending the ingredients takes only a few seconds.
Blending the ingredients takes only a few seconds. (Image: Mary Dacuma)

Step 3

Pour the shake into glasses. Serve and enjoy.

This is the shake you'd find at the end of the rainbow.
This is the shake you'd find at the end of the rainbow. (Image: Mary Dacuma)

Whipped Irish Cream Topping

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) Irish cream
  • Electric whisk or hand whisk

Step 1

Pour the heavy cream into a bowl. For a little bit of sweetness, add the Irish cream. Whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks.

An electric whisk speeds up the process, but a hand whisk will do just fine.
An electric whisk speeds up the process, but a hand whisk will do just fine. (Image: Mary Dacuma)

Step 2

Spoon the whipped cream atop the finished shakes.

Every dessert is better with a little whipped cream.
Every dessert is better with a little whipped cream. (Image: Mary Dacuma)

Whiskey Hot Fudge

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) Irish whiskey
  • Small saucepan

Step 1

In a small saucepan, combine the ingredients over low heat. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the ingredients are well-combined.

Keep the heat low to avoid burning the chocolate.
Keep the heat low to avoid burning the chocolate. (Image: Mary Dacuma)

Step 2

Using a small spoon or a pastry bag, drizzle the chocolate sauce on the inside of the jar before adding the shake or on top of the finished shake. The sauce adds a nice, rich bittersweet contrast to the sweetness of the shake.

Be liberal with the chocolate. Treat yourself.
Be liberal with the chocolate. Treat yourself. (Image: Mary Dacuma)
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