Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake

Want more than green beer for St. Patrick’s Day? Try a Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream.. It’s great all year round!

Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream in a Copper Glass

Last week I shared these Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting, they were such a hit that I decided another Guinness inspired treat for this coming St. Patrick’s Day was in order. Have you ever had an ice cream drink with Guinness? I know it sounds weird but you have to trust me, this Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream is amazingly!

A couple of years ago I made this Guinness Float with Irish Cream Liqueur and I sort of remember there was some guzzling involved. This year I wanted to try something similar but with vanilla ice cream for the base and Irish Whiskey added to the mix. Oh. My. Forget St. Patrick’s Day, this deserves to be recognized all year long! The malt characteristic is evident but no, this Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake does not really taste like a beer, it tastes divine!

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I also mentioned last week that Guinness was the only beer I really enjoyed. I pretty much hated all of them until I went to a beer tasting several years ago at Fado’s Irish Pub in downtown Denver. I was asked if I would like to join them with several of my blogging buddies and they treated us like royalty!

Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream topped with caramel and malted milk balls.

The menu paired each part of the meal with a different beer and while I learned a lot and did enjoy all of the offerings, the one that I LOVED was the steak pie paired with Guinness. I had never had a beer before that I really enjoyed until then.

A bit of time discovering characteristics and maybe that’s telling. With both chocolate and caramel notes; it was meant to be something I enjoyed. So I keep those in mind when I’m adding Guinness to my cooking and other culinary creations.

This milkshake combines both of those flavors with vanilla ice cream and a hint of chocolate malt powder and it was so good I had a moment of regretting that phone call to my neighbor Kevin offering him one of these. Just a moment though…I do love to share with my friends on the street and one was plenty; in fact it was dinner. 🙂

Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream served on a tray in a copper glass.

As for those gorgeous glasses? I was recently asked if I would like to try a cocktail using a pair of these Toast glass cuffs in a post. I get bombarded with asks like this but these cuffs looked interesting so I took a peek and just loved them. They are a great insulator for both hot and cold drinks but for me; it’s all about the pretty…and pretty they are!

I had actually expected to make my latest idea for a Moscow Mule to showcase them but when I realized the volume was a bit much for that cocktail I had to waylay that plan. It didn’t take much for me to segue to this milkshake. So perfect.

The pint glasses come wrapped in luxurious, hand-stitched real leather.  These beauties are made to be used and appreciated every day. I had the option of having mine engraved but felt certain that ‘Booze Queen’ would get old fast so I kept mine plain…but there is nothing plain about them.

If you, like everyone else who has asked, are interested in those straws too, they are Stainless Straws and I do love them. No more straw waste and they look so cool. Inexpensive too. You can sip this amazing drink while you’re saving the planet. Perfect hmm? In the words of the Irish, sláinte!

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Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream in a Copper Glass

Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake

A surprising and delicious combination of Guinness Beer, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Malt. Great all year long too!
5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Beer, Cocktails, Dessert, Friday Cocktails, Ice Cream
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 842 kcal


For the Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup whipping cream 1/2 pint
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Irish Whiskey

For the Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake

  • 12 ounces Guinness® Draught Beer chilled
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons Chocolate Malt Powder optional; I used Ovaltine
  • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey

For the Garnish

  • 4 tablespoons Caramel Sauce warmed and pourable
  • 10 Chocolate covered malted milk balls chopped


To Make the Irish Cream Whipped Cream

  • Chill your beaters and bowl for the whipping cream at least five minutes. Add the cream to the bowl and whip until it starts to bubble, add the powdered sugar and whip until it starts to firm up.
  • Add the Irish Whiskey and whip until you have stiff peaks. Store in the refrigerator covered; can be prepared ahead of time and kept until ready to use.

To Make the Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake

  • Combine the bottle of chilled Guinness, vanilla ice cream,  Irish Whiskey, and chocolate malt powder in a blender. Top with the lid and make sure it’s tightly in place. (I have a Blendtec Blender and used the milkshake cycle). Blend on high until everything is combined and smooth.
  • Divide between two large glasses, leaving enough space at the top for whipped cream. Spoon or pipe the Irish Cream Whipped Cream on top of the shake.
  • Garnish the shake with a drizzle of warmed caramel sauce and a small handful of the chopped malted milk balls.


Nutrition Facts
Guinness Vanilla Malted Milkshake
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword dessert, Guinness, ice cream, malted, milkshake, vanilla
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  1. There was a bar in the town we used to live in that made something like this for St. Paddy’s Day; I never thought to make them at home…but now I will!

  2. I absolutely love this combination…or well at least I know I love Guinness and Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel. I’m intrigued…I HAVE to try this!

  3. Guinness is a great beer! My wife doesn’t really like any beer, but she’ll sip a bit of Guinness. Anyway, what a neat idea for a shake! And of course perfect for St. Pat’s. Thanks!

    1. She and I share that then and for me is HAS to be super cold. The Irish might like it warm but I’m only part Irish; the American in me likes it icy almost! 🙂

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