Guinness Ice Cream

Guinness Ice Cream Recipe: A Creamy Delight for Adults

Calling all ice cream lovers and Guinness enthusiasts! This homemade Guinness ice cream recipe is the perfect way to indulge your taste buds with a unique and sophisticated flavor. Whether you’re planning an adult party or looking for a creative St. Patrick’s Day treat, this recipe is sure to impress.

Guinness Ice Cream Recipe

Why It Works:

This recipe combines the rich, creamy texture of classic ice cream with the subtle bitterness and roasted notes of Guinness beer. The key is using a small amount of the beer – just enough to add complexity without overpowering the other flavors. The result is a surprisingly smooth and delicious ice cream that adults will truly appreciate.

A Touch of History: The Story of Guinness Beer

Guinness, a dry Irish stout, has a rich history dating back to 1759. Arthur Guinness, the founder, signed a 9,000-year lease on the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, where Guinness is still brewed today. The iconic beer is known for its dark color, creamy head, and unique roasted flavor profile, making it a popular choice for both casual drinkers and beer connoisseurs alike.

This Guinness Ice Cream recipe pays homage to the beloved beer’s unique characteristics, offering a delightful way to experience its complex flavors in a new and exciting format. Please note that you’ll need an Ice Cream Maker or Kitchen Aid with Ice Cream attachment to prepare this recipe.

Watch how to make this recipe!

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Guinness Ice Cream Recipe Tips:

  • Use full-fat ingredients: This ensures the richest and creamiest texture for your ice cream.
  • Don’t skip the chilling: Chilled custard is essential for a smooth and scoopable ice cream.
  • Don’t over-churn: Once the ice cream reaches soft serve consistency, stop churning to avoid incorporating too much air.
  • Get creative: Add swirls of caramel sauce, chocolate chips, or chopped roasted nuts for extra flavor and texture.

Why You Should Make This Guinness Ice Cream Recipe:

Beyond its unique flavor profile, this Guinness Ice Cream recipe offers several advantages:

  • It’s surprisingly easy to make: While it involves a few steps, the process is straightforward and requires minimal effort.
  • It’s a conversation starter: This unexpected ice cream flavor is guaranteed to spark curiosity and conversation among your guests.
  • It’s perfect for adults: The subtle bitterness of the Guinness caters to a more sophisticated palate, making it a great alternative to overly sweet desserts.
  • It’s customizable: Feel free to experiment with different mix-ins like chocolate fudge, espresso powder, or even Guinness chocolate chunks for an extra decadent experience.

So, ditch the store-bought ice cream and impress your friends and family with this homemade Guinness Ice Cream recipe. It’s a delicious and memorable way to celebrate any occasion.

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Guinness Ice Cream Recipe

Guinness Ice Cream

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This homemade ice cream is perfect for an adult party or St. Patrick's Day celebration. Like many ice cream recipes, it starts with a custard base with the addition of a small amount of Guinness beer. We used the KitchenAid ice cream attachment for this ice cream recipe, but you can also use a standard ice cream machine. Serve this with fresh raspberries, or on its own.
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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces Guinness Stout


  • Heat milk. Add sugar and pinch of salt. Warm over medium-low heat. Make sure sugar is dissolved.
  • Separate four egg yolks, and discard the whites or save them for an omelet. Whisk eggs, then add the warmed milk. Whisk well, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
  • Stir constantly with a heatproof spatula over medium heat until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Place chocolate chips in a large bowl. Cover with a strainer, and strain in the milk and egg mixture. Stir well until chocolate melts. Add heavy cream, vanilla extract, and Guinness Stout.
  • Chill mixture over an ice bath, or place in fridge for about 4 hours.
  • Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions. Place in the freezer another hour to firm up.
  • Serve with fresh raspberries and whipped cream, or alone. Enjoy!
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