Baby Guinness Cocktail

This Baby Guinness Cocktail is fun and a bit deceiving; it’s actually an after dinner drink made by layering Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua! A fun St. Patrick’s Day treat too!

Small glass with a Baby Guinness Cocktail layering Kahlua with Baileys Irish Cream liqueurs.

My daughter Emily shared a photo of this Baby Guinness Cocktail (well really it’s a shot) with me last week; I have to admit I had never heard of it. Still, I thought it was not only so cute but just perfect for St Patty’s Paddy’s Day.

You might wonder what the big deal is about putting a beer into a small glass and calling it a cocktail but hold on my friends…there is more to this than a first glance will tell.

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I wanted something quintessentially Irish since I’m part Irish. What could be better than a little mini pour of Guinness right? Well, except it’s not really Guinness. Nope; it’s simple really, only two ingredients; Kahlua and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur.

Whew…at least I have that old Irish standard included or this Baby Guinness would hardly qualify as a cocktail for an Irish holiday.

Wait…don’t tell me that Baileys isn’t really Irish? OK, it’s sort of like me; part Irish. Over 75% of the raw ingredients and packaging used to make and present Baileys is sourced from the island of Ireland.

The cream is fresh dairy cream that comes from pasture fed cows in Ireland. The whiskey is Irish Whiskey supplied from a number of distilleries including The Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim.

That would seem to substantiate authenticity (except for that elusive 25%) but the truth is that it’s not some historic brew that’s been around since the days of St. Patrick so while good and thankfully NOT green, it’s a late addition to the party; debuting in 1974.

The only detail of this cocktail that is really important does lie in the presentation. Once the Baileys is poured into a shot glass, the Irish Cream liqueur has to be poured over the back of a spoon to assure that it gently lays on the top; or else you’ll simply have a cafe au lait looking drink, not the adorable Baby Guinness!

Small glass with a Baby Guinness Cocktail layering Kahlua with Baileys Irish Cream liqueurs.

Truth be told, it seems folks in the US have a propensity for taking over holidays and making them their own. Do you know that corned beef and cabbage is not a big deal in Ireland?

Made available primarily in locations that serve a big tourist trade, it’s not something that the regular folks in Ireland consider all that important.

The Colcannon I love is a more traditional Irish dish and in my mind, certainly a more delicious one! Served with this Irish Whiskey Steak, it’s an amazingly delicious Irish meal.

I’ll also make a Homemade Reuben Sandwich and consider that my contribution for St Patrick’s Day. After all it is corned beef and fermented cabbage in the form of sauerkraut so that works right?

I have no idea if this ‘Irish Coffee’ cake is authenticate; it does have the components of Irish coffee but that drink was actually made for Americans traveling to Ireland so maybe it’s sort of in between? But I sure love it and it’s a part of our ‘Let’s be Irish Day!!’ I’ve tried a few food recipes but seem to have more fun with cocktails…go figure!

Whether Irish or not…I really liked this. It’s not just cute, it’s a very sweet ending.

PIN IT! ‘Baby Guinness Cocktail’

Coffee Liqueur and Bailley's are stacked to create this Baby Guinness cocktail; looks like a miniature beer!
Small glass with a Baby Guinness Cocktail layering Kahlua with Baileys Irish Cream liqueurs.

Baby Guinness Cocktail

Coffee liqueur and Bailey's are stacked in this Baby Guinness Cocktail; the end result is it really does look like a mini version of a Guinness beeer!
5 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Liqueurs
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 292 kcal


  • 2 oz Coffee Liqueur chilled
  • 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Liqueur chilled


  • Fill a shot glass 2/3 full with coffee liqueur.
  • Pour the Irish cream over the back of a spoon, down the inside of the glass. It should layer on top of the Kahlua and form the ‘head’ that makes it look like Guinness.


I liked them cold so I put the bottles into the freezer for about 30 minutes before making the cocktail.


Nutrition Facts
Baby Guinness Cocktail
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword baby guinness, cocktail, holiday, st patricks day
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  1. 5 stars
    I love the looks, and the flavour with coffee liqueur.
    I tried making it with clove whisky liqueur + treacle with Baileys on top, but it didn’t layer properly. I think the base has to be cold to have the required density. I had warmed the whisky to dissolve the treacle/molasses. Didn’t work with cold coffee either. Probably needs lots of sugar. Anybody else experimented?

    1. Thanks Maureen…they are pretty wonderful. I actually love Guinness and now I love the baby too!

  2. 5 stars
    Been making this for years and years…not many friends of mine have ever heard of it when I bring it out for the first time. Glad you discovered it!

    1. I have to admit I just thought it so doggone cute…but then I made it and also loved the flavor combination…it’s a keeper for sure.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m all for sweet endings! This looks great Barb and perfect for sitting and *sippin*. Hope you enjoyed a lovely St. Patrick’s Day.

  4. 5 stars
    I would never drink Guinness. Nope. But this Baby Guinness? Love! I want to taste this. Too clever! I wouldn’t mind it with a slice of your Irish Coffee Cake, either. xox

  5. 5 stars
    Ok so I glanced back up at recipe & realized there’s no Guiness at all – oof!!! It looks so guinessy 🙂
    With or without Guiness, I’d enjoy one of these 🙂

  6. Add a little shot of Irish whiskey & you’ve got yourself a baby Irish carbomb 😉

    I loooove Guiness, and Irish cream. This is my kind of baby cocktail. It looks perfect in that glass.

  7. 5 stars
    Love this drink! This is a cocktail I could definitely make and have no trouble enjoying! You know I’ve been keeping my eyes out for those sweet smaller pilsner glasses that we saw at The Tap Room at the Omni but have yet to come across them. I know you’ve said you really don’t need any more glasses, plates, and stuff but this drink would be perfect in those glasses too!

    1. I loved those glasses…we have to find them somewhere…and then when we do we would probably have to buy 10 dozen or something. This is good; I should make one for you…just yell.

  8. 5 stars
    Ok… this is downright adorable!!! Definitely better than green beer anyday! Love the idea of putting the bottles in the freezer – never thought of it, but since I like drinks like this one cold will definitely have to remember that tip!!

    1. I actually enjoyed the cocktail but I can not deny…the cuteness factor was what got it on the blog!

  9. 5 stars
    I love baby guinnesses and these look amazing! We’ve been drinking them for months now! You can also use coffee flavored tequila (XO Cafe Patron) instead, that’s what we’re serving up in Texas! Just make sure you’ve had it sitting in the freezer first, you want it really cold! So glad you shared these!!!

    1. I’ve heard that on Reddit too; it’s on my list to buy now. I did refrigerate my ingredients; prefer it cold too,

  10. This is pretty clever – good pairing of ingredients, and it really does look like Guinness! Fun drink – I’ll definitely have to remember this for when I have both of the ingredients on hand. Or maybe go out and buy them just to make this drink! Good stuff – thanks.

    1. I’m not much of a beer drinker but I went to a beer tasting last year where they paired Guinness with a beef dish. I loved it; I’ll probably never just drink a beer but I have been enjoying them with burgers and/or steaks. These are so good…and really you can not deny the cute factor! 🙂

    1. I know? Thought it was just too cute and I’ve heard from several people that they actually serve these in Ireland too.

  11. 5 stars
    Sounds dee-lish. I was in Dublin this last year and learned a local favorite for those who think Guinness is too strong, they’ll add a little Ribena blackcurrant liqueur and it’s surprisingly good! We have it at Tony’s if you want to try. Slainte!

  12. 5 stars
    Wow, all these years as a Guinness lover, and I never thought about a cocktail version of the beer. Guinness is my favorite beer. I don’t drink it enough, because it is so heavy. It is my treat usually after a long day:-) I am glad you shared this, I look forward to making it! Hugs, Terra

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