Chocolate-Guinness Shake

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Editor's Note: There's nothing quite like the combo of ice cream and alcohol. It's a decadent treat that we've come to love as adults. This Guinness Milkshake Recipe is thick, yummy, and the perfect dessert for any party. This milkshake recipe is especially tasty as it features chocolate and vanilla icecream, giving it a complex flavor palette. If you're looking to switch it up, consider testing out mint chocolate chip ice cream or a dark chocolate flavor.

Near the climax of the Academy Award-winning 2008 movie There Will Be Blood, Daniel Plainview, a ruthless early twentieth-century oil driller played by Daniel Day-Lewis, maniacally bellows at his nemesis, Eli Sunday, “Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw…and my straw reaches across the room, and starts to drink your milkshake…I…drink…your…milkshake. I DRINK IT UP!” Like memorable lines from other famous movies--“There’s no place like home,” “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” “Here’s looking at you, kid”--Plainview’s line has wormed its way into the national psyche--and vernacular. How could I not use this as inspiration for a milkshake flavor? In collusion, the Guinness stout and chocolate sorbet give this shake a deep, malty, unusual bittersweet flavor.



OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe CourseBeverage

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian


Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and TextureChocolatey, Creamy, Frothy, Rich, Sharp, Sweet

Type of DishBeverage, Shake


  • 2/3 cup (about 5 ounces/150 milliliters) Guinness stout, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 medium scoops (about 1½ pints/18 ounces/510 grams) French vanilla ice cream , softened until just melty at the edges
  • 2 medium scoops (about ½ pint/6 ounces/170 grams) chocolate sorbet , softened until just melty at the edges


  1. Place the Guinness, vanilla extract, ice cream, and sorbet in a blender and pulse several times to begin breaking up the ice cream and sorbet. With the blender motor off, use a flexible spatula to mash the mixture down onto the blender blades. Continue pulsing, stopping, and mashing until the mixture is well blended, thick, and moves easily in the blender jar, roughly 30 to 90 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass or glasses, and serve at once.

  2. Molasses Variation:

  3. Follow the recipe for the Chocolate-Guinness Shake, adding 1 tablespoon of molasses (about ½ ounce/22 grams) to the blender along with the other ingredients.

  4. Malted Variation:

  5. Follow the recipe for the Chocolate-Guinness Shake, adding 1 tablespoon of malted milk powder (about ½ ounce/15 grams) to the blender with the Guinness and the vanilla extract, and blending for a moment before adding the ice cream and sorbet.

  6. Espresso Variation:

  7. Follow the recipe for the Chocolate-Guinness Shake, adding 1 shot of room temperature espresso (about 2 tablespoons/1 ounce/30 milliliters) to the blender along with the other ingredients.

Adding Bailey's Irish Cream - A Popular Variation (Editor's Note)

Adding Bailey's Irish Cream to a Guiness Milk Shake is a popular variation. It is hard to resist combining these two Irish favorites. Plus, the irish cream will give it a bit more of a bite.

If you do decide to add irish cream, make sure to test it out first. Since irish cream is dairy based, you may want to lower the amount of ice cream you add to your milkshake. Don't forget you're adding more booze too. So, don't make it too strong.


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There are a number of chocolate stouts that I've come to enjoy. DuClaw makes a good one that also includes notes of peanut butter, and Samuel Smith makes an incredible version. I had never thought about turning it into an actual milkshake, but it's a wonderful idea, and it's one that I definitely want to try out. I might try either subbing chocolate ice cream for the sorbet, or making my own since it's not difficult to make plus I can adjust the type of chocolate used.


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