Recipes, Drinks & Cocktails

The Easy Guinness Floats You Need to Make for St. Patrick's Day

This quick recipe can be a last minute, lazy addition to your St. Patrick’s Day spread, but it also might be the tastiest — so tasty you might find yourself making it year-round.

There’s something so kitschy and charming to me about a grown up ice cream float. Easier than a milkshake but just as frothy and decadent, they’re sort of my go-to guilty pleasure. If you caught my Boozy Watermelon Floats recipe, you know their simplicity also makes them great for entertaining.

Guiness Floats 3

Nostalgia + decadence + easy to serve to a crowd pretty much screams ‘holidays’ to me, and no ingredient screams ‘St. Pat’s’ louder than Guinness. The roasted coffee and chocolate notes of this Irish stout lend themselves wonderfully to pairings with ice cream.

Guiness Floats 4

My favorite ice cream flavor to use in a Guinness float is plain old vanilla, because I don’t like to overpower the beer itself (we’re trying to showcase the flavors and give them a gentle push into dessert territory, not mask them), and I love the contrast in color from deep dark stout to light and airy cream. But if you prefer chocolate, coffee, or even caramel, those flavors work very well too. Just make sure you use a high quality ice cream — when your recipe only calls for three ingredients, you have to make sure they’re all delicious to begin with.

Guiness Floats 2
Guiness Floats 5

You can certainly just pour the beer right over the ice cream, but I prefer to stir in a small amount of syrup, first — it just bridges the flavors of the ice cream and Guinness together more seamlessly. Real maple syrup is the easiest, but if you can make or buy a traditional cinnamon bark syrup, that’s delicious too (BG Reynolds makes a great version that you can find online or in certain specialty stores).

Guiness Floats 6
Guiness Floats 7

When it comes to toppings, my personal preference is chocolate syrup — again, I love the dark and light contrast in this float — but salted caramel is another fantastic option. Just fill up a dessert decorating bottle and squeeze away.

Guinness Floats 1 Resize

Guinness Floats


Colleen Jeffers


March 16, 2018


October 21, 2021


1 servings

Prep Time

5 minutes


  • ½ oz real maple syrup (or .75 oz cinnamon syrup)
  • 3 hearty scoops of Vanilla ice cream
  • Guinness to top


  1. Pour the maple syrup in the bottom of a traditional soda fountain glass, add a splash of Guinness, and stir until combined.
  2. Add three hearty scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream.
  3. Top with remaining Guinness and chocolate sauce. Serve with a spoon and straw.

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving Size - 1 float
Calories - 573
Carbohydrate - 67.4g
Cholesterol - 87mg
Fiber - 1.5g
Protein - 7.2g
Fat - 21g
Saturated Fat - 13.5g
Sodium - 160mg
Sugar - 50.4g

Recipe Details

Category - Drinks

Featured Products


Even more Drinks & Cocktails articles for you

Get on the list to stay up to date on everything The Inspired Home.