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A Baby Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day

A Baby Guinness for St. Patrick's Day

by Creative Culinary on March 15, 2013

My daughter Emily shared a photo of this cocktail (well really a shot) with me last week; I have to admit I had never heard of it. Still, I thought it was not only so cute but just perfect for St Patty’s Paddy’s Day. You might wonder what the big deal is about putting a beer into a small glass and calling it a cocktail but hold on my friends…there is more to this than a first glance will tell.

glass-guinnessI wanted something quintessentially Irish since I’m part Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday. What could be better than a little mini pour of Guinness right? Well, except it’s not really Guinness. Nope…it’s simply Kahlua topped with some Bailey’s Irish Liqueur. Whew…at least I have that old Irish standard included or this would hardly qualify as a cocktail for an Irish holiday.

Wait…don’t tell me that Bailey’s isn’t really Irish? OK, it’s sort of like me; part Irish. Over 75% of the raw ingredients and packaging used to make and present Baileys is sourced from the island of Ireland. The cream is fresh dairy cream that comes from pasture fed cows in Ireland. The whiskey is Irish Whiskey supplied from a number of distilleries including The Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim. That would seem to substantiate authenticity (except for that elusive 25%) but the truth is that it’s not some historic brew that’s been around since the days of St. Patrick so while good and thankfully NOT green, it’s a late addition to the party; debuting in 1974.

A Baby Guinness from @CreativCulinary

Truth be told, it seems folks in the US have a propensity for taking over holidays and making them their own. Do you know that corned beef and cabbage is not a big deal in Ireland? Made available primarily in locations that serve a big tourist trade, it’s not something that the regular folks in Ireland consider all that important. The colcannon I made earlier this week is a more traditional Irish dish and in my mind, certainly a more delicious one! I have no idea if this ‘Irish Coffee’ cake is authenticate or not but I sure love it and it’s a part of our ‘Let’s be Irish’ day!! For some additional examples of ‘Irish but not Really,’ check out this post from Mouth From the South; it made me smile. No blarney!

Whether Irish or not…I really liked this. It’s not just cute, it’s a sweet ending too.

Baby Guinness

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 cocktail

Baby Guinness


  • 2 oz Coffee Liqueur, chilled
  • 1 oz Bailey's Irish Liqueur, chilled


  1. Fill a shot glass 2/3 full with coffee liqueur.
  2. Pour the Irish cream over the back of a spoon, down the inside of the glass. It should layer on top of the Kahlua and form the 'head' that makes it look like Guinness.


I liked them cold so I put the bottles into the freezer for about 30 minutes before making the cocktail.


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1 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm

The last time I had this I was very young! Just being reminded of it makes me want one. Lovely photos.
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2 Creative Culinary March 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Thanks Maureen…they are pretty wonderful. I actually love Guinness and now I love the baby too!


3 Jared March 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Been making this for years and years…not many friends of mine have ever heard of it when I bring it out for the first time. Glad you discovered it!


4 Creative Culinary March 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I have to admit I just thought it so doggone cute…but then I made it and also loved the flavor combination…it’s a keeper for sure.


5 Paula March 18, 2013 at 6:53 am

I’m all for sweet endings! This looks great Barb and perfect for sitting and *sippin*. Hope you enjoyed a lovely St. Patrick’s Day.


6 Jamie March 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

I would never drink Guinness. Nope. But this Baby Guinness? Love! I want to taste this. Too clever! I wouldn’t mind it with a slice of your Irish Coffee Cake, either. xox


7 Aggie March 16, 2013 at 6:11 am

Ok so I glanced back up at recipe & realized there’s no Guiness at all – oof!!! It looks so guinessy :)
With or without Guiness, I’d enjoy one of these :)


8 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

I know…love that it does look like Guinness but is not; that was a big part of the charm.


9 Aggie March 16, 2013 at 6:09 am

Add a little shot of Irish whiskey & you’ve got yourself a baby Irish carbomb ;)

I loooove Guiness, and Irish cream. This is my kind of baby cocktail. It looks perfect in that glass.


10 Holly March 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Love this drink! This is a cocktail I could definitely make and have no trouble enjoying! You know I’ve been keeping my eyes out for those sweet smaller pilsner glasses that we saw at The Tap Room at the Omni but have yet to come across them. I know you’ve said you really don’t need any more glasses, plates, and stuff but this drink would be perfect in those glasses too!
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11 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

I loved those glasses…we have to find them somewhere…and then when we do we would probably have to buy 10 dozen or something. This is good; I should make one for you…just yell.


12 Nancy@acommunaltable March 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Ok… this is downright adorable!!! Definitely better than green beer anyday! Love the idea of putting the bottles in the freezer – never thought of it, but since I like drinks like this one cold will definitely have to remember that tip!!


13 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

I actually enjoyed the cocktail but I can not deny…the cuteness factor was what got it on the blog!


14 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Love your Baby Guinness, B! LOL, from your tweet, with the #beer hashtag, I thought there was going to be beer in this cocktail! xo
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15 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

HA! Gotcha…which of course was the plan!


16 Tanya March 15, 2013 at 10:41 am

How about a pick me up in the morning sense it has coffee in it after all :)
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17 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

Don’t tempt me! :)


18 Kristin @ ...recipe hoarder March 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

I love baby guinnesses and these look amazing! We’ve been drinking them for months now! You can also use coffee flavored tequila (XO Cafe Patron) instead, that’s what we’re serving up in Texas! Just make sure you’ve had it sitting in the freezer first, you want it really cold! So glad you shared these!!!


19 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

I’ve heard that on Reddit too; it’s on my list to buy now. I did refrigerate my ingredients; prefer it cold too,


20 john@kitchenriffs March 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

This is pretty clever – good pairing of ingredients, and it really does look like Guinness! Fun drink – I’ll definitely have to remember this for when I have both of the ingredients on hand. Or maybe go out and buy them just to make this drink! Good stuff – thanks.
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21 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

On another site someone gave me a recipe for a Baby Beer. Guess I’ll be doing that next!


22 addie | culicurious March 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

Looks delicious!! :) I’d have a couple of these any day!
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23 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

And I would be picking you off the floor. :)


24 Lauren @ Healthy Delicious March 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

This sounds way, way better than Guinness if you ask me!
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25 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

I’m not much of a beer drinker but I went to a beer tasting last year where they paired Guinness with a beef dish. I loved it; I’ll probably never just drink a beer but I have been enjoying them with burgers and/or steaks. These are so good…and really you can not deny the cute factor! :)


26 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

Love this! Really does look like a teeny little Guinness, doesn’t it? And I loved the Irish but not Really post. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. Erin go bragh!
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27 Creative Culinary March 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

I know? Thought it was just too cute and I’ve heard from several people that they actually serve these in Ireland too.


28 mick rosacci March 15, 2013 at 6:19 am

Sounds dee-lish. I was in Dublin this last year and learned a local favorite for those who think Guinness is too strong, they’ll add a little Ribena blackcurrant liqueur and it’s surprisingly good! We have it at Tony’s if you want to try. Slainte!
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29 Karen Harris March 15, 2013 at 6:05 am

Oh yeah! Where would we be without our daughters around to show us the finer things in life? Give her my thanks for this one.
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30 Terra March 15, 2013 at 5:09 am

Wow, all these years as a Guinness lover, and I never thought about a cocktail version of the beer. Guinness is my favorite beer. I don’t drink it enough, because it is so heavy. It is my treat usually after a long day:-) I am glad you shared this, I look forward to making it! Hugs, Terra
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31 Anne @The Cooking Campaign March 15, 2013 at 4:51 am

YUM! This looks like the perfect friday drink!


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