Guinness Ice Cream with Bailey’s Sauce

Guinness Ice CreamI’m a bit of a celtophile, and at least part of my ancestry has Irish ties. I was fortunate enough to visit over 10 years ago (wow) and was forever changed. There’s so much to love – the poetry, the rolling hills, the history, the music, the humor, the Guinness.

I’m a bit of a celtophile, and at least part of my ancestry has Irish ties. I was fortunate enough to visit over 10 years ago (wow) and was forever changed. There’s so much to love – the poetry, the rolling hills, the history, the music, the humor, the Guinness.

I love cooking with it too; it’s great in stews and chilis and even mac & cheese . (Trust me, TRY that last one. The Black & Tan Mac & Cheddar is one of the best versions I’ve ever had.) And ever since I had a Guinness float, I’ve been itching to try it applied to other sweet applications. I made chocolate cupcakes with Guinness a while back, baked in a popover pan and topped with creamy frosting so they looked like little pint glasses – a big hit!

Going back to the float, I thought I’d try making a Guinness ice cream, and, taking inspiration from the classic shot cocktail known as the Car Bomb (a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream dropped into a pint of the good stout, sometimes layered with Jameson’s), I added a Bailey’s white chocolate cream sauce to top it with. (I left out the Jameson’s, as that’s just a bit too boozy for a dessert, for me. By all means, feel free to experiment!)

I told a good friend about the recipe concept of my Car Bomb Sundae, and she replied with “Sundae Bloody Sundae!” Of course. Of course! So there you have it. That’s some brilliant craic, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day – the flavor is unique and pretty strong; you can reduce the molasses a bit to tone it down and make it milder. If puntastic references to 80’s pop culture tinged with political overtones aren’t your cup of Irish Breakfast, just call it Guinness Ice Cream with Bailey’s Sauce.


1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup Guinness stout
2 tablespoons molasses
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1 pinch salt

Bring milk, cream and vanilla to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat, cover the pan. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the stout and molasses. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk in a few tablespoons of the hot cream mixture, then slowly whisk in another 1/4 cup of the cream. Add the remaining cream in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

Stir the beer mixture into the cream mixture. Cook the custard over medium heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. Strain the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Process the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
4 ounces white chocolate (would be lovely with milk chocolate as well), chopped finely

Couldn’t be easier: heat Bailey’s in a small saucepan until just at a boil. Add chocolate and remove from heat; whisk until smooth.


To finish, rather than sharing more recipe links as per usual, and since I have a few links above as it is anyway, here’s a sampling of some of my favorite Irish musicians. Enjoy as you celebrate, perhaps!

The Chieftains – Here’s a Health to the Company I find this simple toasting song so warm and yet so poignant.

Sinead O’Connor – He Moved Through The Fair: This traditional song was performed by O’Connor for the film “Michael Collins“, which we stumbled upon actually being filmed while we were in Dublin.

The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York: A little out of season here, but I love this song so much I couldn’t possibly exclude it.

Enya – Marble Halls: The text actually appears in James Joyce’s “Dubliners”. Haunting yet dreamy.

Ashley MacIsaac – Sleepy Maggie: Manic fiddling prodigy, complete with simultaneous traditional dancing and traditional kilt-wearing. Traditional in every sense.

The Cranberries – Dreams: Aside from sighting a Cranberry at U2′ own Dublin club, The Kitchen, and seeing Dolores O’Riordan’s house being constructed out near Dingle, this song was also HUGE while we were there, so the association is permanent.

Christy Moore – Delirium Tremens (live): “Looking up there at the Guinness ad, I could never figure out how the man stayed up on his surfboard after 14 pints of stout.”

Dropkick Murphys – The Spicy McHaggis Jig: Just plain bawdy rowdy fun.

U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday: In addition to the link above in the body of the post, which was filmed at Red Rocks (less than half an hour from where I grew up), I thought I’d share this epic version, from their rock doc “Rattle and Hum”.

U2 – Beautiful Day: And now a happier, older, kinder and gentler U2. One of my favorite songs.


— posted by Anne


  1. Patty says

    Hey, aren’t those the glasses I gave you for your birthday once? I feel honored that they were used for Sundae Bloody Sundae. The photo is so great!! Anne, you are my hero.

  2. Nicole says

    Made this ice cream and served it with the Bailey’s syrup and a Kahlua syrup. It was delicious! I didn’t know how many people this served, so I just made it as listed- and discovered it is definitely not enough for six! lol Luckily I had some other ice cream to go with it. Will be doubling the recipe next time. Everyone loved it. Surprisingly tasted like mocha ice cream, which I also love. Thanks for posting!

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