Guinness Float

For a fun but delicious treat this St. Paddy’s Day, try a Guinness Float with Vanilla ice cream, Irish Cream Liqueur and super chilled Guinness.

Guinness Vanilla Float with Irish Liqueur In a Guinness label glass

Ready to get your Irish on? This Guinness Float is a fun twist that will liven up any party! If you’ve never had a Guinness Float well, I was with you until the other day. It’s been something I’ve wanted to try but still had a bit of trepidation about mixing beer, chocolate and ice cream.

I’m not typically a beer drinker; using beer more often to cook then to sip but I developed a fondness for Guinness after participating in a beer tasting a couple of years ago so if the situation is right and the beer is ice cold, then I’m game. How much colder could it get than blending it with ice cream?

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Guinness Vanilla Float with Irish Liqueur Topped with Chocolate Sauce

I wanted to try something more than plain vanilla so added a bit of chocolate and Irish cream and voila…a Guinness Float with Irish Cream Ice Cream. Oh my.

I know, it sounds weird but beer and chocolate are a great pairing and the malt characteristics of the beer only elevated that match. I was hoping the beer in this float might remind me of using Coors Beer in a favorite bread; evident but not overwhelming.

The Guinness Float is a very adult float, not too sweet and a really nice combination. Was it unique? Yes. But also so amazingly good. Take your favorite float and kick it up a notch…or two!

I had originally planned to make this using some Irish Cream ice cream; I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it available this time of year. Of course it was nowhere to be found but that wasn’t going to stop me; I simply mixed it with some vanilla bean ice cream and a bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur.

Guinness Vanilla Float with Irish Liqueur in a Guinness label glass with chocolate sauce drizzled on the inside.

If you don’t have the Irish Cream Liqueur and want it just for this treat; take a peek at the smaller bottles but really no biggie, just plain vanilla ice cream would be fine too.

I made my own hot fudge sauce but certainly use what you have on hand. I do like a sauce that blends milk and dark chocolates but change those quantities if you prefer all dark or all milk chocolate. One caveat…if you use Hershey’s, try warming it and adding some milk chocolate to it…makes a big difference. A bit of half and half will help it melt and thin it a bit and a dash of Irish Whiskey will make it…GOOD!!

Let’s be Irish; this is such a fun dessert cocktail. Try this Guinness Float for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, bet you like it too!

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Guinness Vanilla Float with Irish Liqueur In a Guinness label glass

Guinness Float

A surprising and delicious float with vanilla ice cream, Guinness beer and Irish Cream Liqueur
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Beer, Desserts, Liqueurs
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 386 kcal


For the Bailey’s Irish Cream Ice Cream

  • 24 ounces vanilla bean ice cream softened
  • 3 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream

For the Irish Whiskey Chocolate Sauce

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey

For the Float

  • 4-6 ounces Guinness Stout chilled


To Make Irish Cream Ice Cream

  • Stir the ice cream until smooth, add the Bailey’s Irish Cream and stir in thoroughly. Freeze in container until solid (several hours or overnight).

To Make the Chocolate Sauce

  • Combine chocolate and half and half in a small saucepan over low heat. Warm and stir until the chocolate has melted.
  • Stir in the Irish Whiskey and cook on low for 1 minute.Turn off heat but keep covered to keep warm.

To Make the Float

  • Drizzle some chocolate sauce onto the inside of the glass.
  • Put 2 scoops of the ice cream into a chilled glass or mug.
  • Top with the chilled beer and drizzle top with additional chocolate sauce.


Add additional half and half if chocolate sauce needs to be thinner.


Nutrition Facts
Guinness Float
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cocktails, desserts, Guinness, Irish Cream Liqueur, irish whiskey
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    1. Almost has to be tried to be believed Bill; there is something about Guinness; for me it already has something of a sweetness in it; not saying it’s sweet but it’s no Bud that’s for sure. 🙂

    1. Good shivers I hope; I likened to being somewhat like beer bread; you know it’s there but it’s still a nice, sweet, frothy treat with chocolate and ice cream. Like a grown up float! Loved it a lot.

  1. Guinness always floats my boat! Haven’t made an actual float out of it, however — what a fun idea! Great idea for St. Pat’s. And definitely some Irish whiskey for me. 🙂 Really creative stuff — thanks.

    1. I’ve heard of them but not with the chocolate sauce or Irish Whiskey ice cream…and now can’t imagine one any other way John. If you like Guinness you would love this!

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