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Guinness Floats

Guinness Floats via #Irish #StPatricksDay #IceCream

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite Irish recipes this week. While reading the current issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray I saw she made Guinness Milkshakes, and that’s when a light bulb popped on! Why don’t I make Guinness Floats? Similar concept just in float form.

Guinness Floats via #Irish #StPatricksDay #IceCream

Yesterday, when I shared my Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe I shared that my husband home-brews. This past Sunday he had his “brew crew” over to brew for the day. Which gave me a great excuse to try out these Guinness Floats on the guys. It also gave me a great excuse to cook like a mad woman. I made them breakfast, lunch, and a few snacks plus dessert.

Guinness Floats via #Irish #StPatricksDay #IceCream

This my friends was dessert  (and an easy adult dessert at that)! Simply layer a few scoops of homemade french vanilla ice cream in tall sundae/float glasses.

Guinness Floats via #Irish #StPatricksDay #IceCream

Slowly pour the Guinness into the glass. I started off with about a half bottle of beer per glass; however, the guys add more beer as they drank it! I told you this was a simple adult beverage/dessert in a glass. If you are entertaining this Sunday you could serve these Guinness Floats in tiny shot glasses with a tiny scoop of ice cream and a shot of Guinness!

Guinness Floats via #Irish #StPatricksDay #IceCream

I even served the Guinness Floats with the striped straws thinking the guys would be annoyed by them, but they all used them… slurping up each and every sip of Guinness and vanilla ice cream concoction. I would imagine these would taste just as good with chocolate ice cream too!

Guinness Floats via #Irish #StPatricksDay #IceCream

Katie’s Cucina Original Recipe

Guinness Floats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2

Guinness Floats


  • 6 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 bottles of Guinness Beer


  1. Add three scoops of vanilla ice cream to a tall (ice cream float) glass. Then slowly pour Guinness beer over top. You will only use 1 bottle of beer during the official pouring of the two floats. As your guest begin to drink the floats continue to add more Guinness beer to the glass.
  2. Serve immediately and with a straw!



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16 Responses to “Guinness Floats”

  1. addie | culicurious posted on March 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#)

    yum, these look great, Katie. Fantastic idea!

  2. Samantha posted on March 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm (#)

    Joe and I will be making these this weekend… for sure. I love your light bulb moments!

    • Katie replied on March 12th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Awe thanks Samantha! You guys will love them!

  3. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted on March 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm (#)

    How did she make a Guinness shake without it foaming over? I feel like I’ve tried to make soda milkshakes with terrible messy-kitchen results… Anyways, I’ve yet to try Guinness this way but perhaps I should!

  4. Jackie @ The Beeroness posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm (#)

    I LOVE that your husband homebrews. I want to start someday, when my life is less hectic. I need more homebrew friends! I might just show up at your house someday and ask to take home your spent grains to work on a recipe 🙂

    • Katie replied on March 13th, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Jackie–it just takes one day (and then a lot of TLC checking temps, giving ice baths depending on the brew, etc) to homebrew. They made their own water this time from “Germany” and did two different techniques to make a German Dunkle. I believe it was one with the filtered “Germany” water and one with regular water. But I could be wrong. They want to compare which is better. All I know is that I heard a thick German accent coming from the garage and sporadic German music piping out of the laptop. If you ever make it to Florida maybe we can arrange a brew day just for you! p.s. I never thought to create a recipe from the used grains… hmmm. You’ve got my mind thinking now!

  5. Amy (Savory Moments) posted on March 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm (#)

    We’ve made Guinness shakes before, but these floats look awesome! Very yummy.

    • Katie replied on March 13th, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Thanks Amy! Guinness shakes are next to make in my book!

  6. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm (#)

    Love this idea, my husband would go nuts over them!!!!

    • Katie replied on March 13th, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Tasha they are so good! Surprise him on Sunday!!!

  7. ashley - baker by nature posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm (#)

    Heck yes! This idea is beyond amazing… and totally happening this weekend.

    • Katie replied on March 13th, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Ashely–no excuses for it not to happen… so easy!

  8. icakepops posted on March 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm (#)

    Great idea! I can’t wait to try it!


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