Guinness Ice Cream – Yum!

July 21, 2010  •  Desserts, Popular

Those of you who followed along on my travels to Ireland earlier this month already know that I was pleasantly surprised that I actually like Guinness, a much heavier dark stout beer than I’m used to drinking. I usually opt for a Corona with lime with Mexican food or a wheat beer at the ball park and that’s about as adventurous as my beer palate takes me. You’ll also remember that I discovered and loved the Guinness ice cream I had at Ballinalacken Castle Hotel in County Clare. Well, with a single attempt I’ve recreated that recipe, whipped up a batch, and taken some over to share with my parents who were along on the trip. Hope you like it as much as I do!

Guinness Ice Cream
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 bottle of Guinness (16 ounces)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses, optional
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  1. Bring Guinness to a boil in a small saucepan then simmer until it reduces to ½ cup; set aside to cool. In a double boiler, combine whole milk, sugar, and egg yolks and whisk together. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean halves and add both the seeds and the empty beans to the pan along with the molasses if using. Stir constantly until mixture thickens, then strain to remove any solids. Add cream and reduced Guinness to the mixture and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Process in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's directions, then transfer to a covered container and freeze solid.



12 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. sandi @ the whistlestop cafe says:

    That just looks awesome. That will be perfect this weekend by the pool. Thanks!

  2. Melissa says:

    This looks really delicious! Guinness ice cream is on the menu at my local Irish pub, but I never remember to order it before stuffing myself with curry chips and stew. I will try making it at home now. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Debs says:

    I’ve been making some ice creams lately & on a forum I contribute to I asked everyone for flavour ideas. Nobody mentioned guiness, but what a fab idea.

    Will definitely be adding this to my list of ice cream flavours, thanks.

  4. Mama_B says:

    Fascinating! I’ve never tried Guinness, but I’ve heard that it has a rich flavour. I seriously need to make this. Thank you.

  5. KOG says:

    My son, Jimmy, and I just made a batch of Guinness Ice Cream….very easy to make, the taste is awesome!! Thanks for the recipe and idea Michele….

  6. Janine says:

    Michele, I got to have some of the batch you left at Mom & Dad’s yesterday. It was awesome! Great job crackin’ the recipe!

  7. Reid Batiz says:

    Thank you, very useful. I wasnt actually a big fan of Spinach for many years (ok, that’s a total lie, I hated the stuff), but after shacking up with a vegan I kind of had to get used to it, and have slowly come to absolutely love the stuff. Spinach curry is now my absolute favouritest! I recently found an entire spinach recipes website which is my new favourite site now, you should have a look!

  8. Prince Dalfonso says:

    thanks for that dude! awesome idea, interesting read. ive been trying to convince my mates that we should have a proper curry night in instead of going out every week, and actually did it last week. effin great success it was, i tell you! i found a tasty chicken and a few others from this curry recipe site, and even made the naan myself too. who said guys cant cook!

Add a Comment

Rate this recipe: