Combine two springtime favorites: mint chocolate chip ice cream and Guinness Draught into decadent Mint Chip Guinness Floats! These adult ice cream floats are the perfect dessert beverages to sip while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Drizzle your favorite hot fudge sauce into the glasses, and then scoop in the ice cream. Pour in the Guinness, and finish with more hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. Enjoy these sweet, stout boozy floats immediately!
Two years ago on March 9, our lives changed forever.
After keeping us waiting on pins and needles, our daughter was born. (She was due on March 1, and I was convinced she’d either be early or late. Turns out, she wanted to be fashionably late.)
And in celebration of her birthday… I’ve made something she can’t enjoy.
I know, I know.
Look, kiddo, I adore you. And in 19 years, I will happily make one of these beauties for you. But for the meantime, I’ll just scoop you up a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and I’ll drown my matching scoop in Guinness.
Because while today is YOUR day, it was a really big one for me and your dad, too.
So indulge me today, and I’ll share the special ice cream that I made for you next week, mmmkay?
Like most new mamas who faced down labor and delivery, I was suitably exhausted and starving once Lady A arrived.
When we finally got up to the recovery wing, my first meal was chicken parm. God bless the young nurse who tracked down that plate for me because I desperately needed it.
While that first meal was glorious, the day after Lady A was born, I had a request: A root beer float.
It just sounded so decadent and wonderful. Since I was (clearly?) running on a calorie deficit, my family jumped at the request and grabbed me a to-go float from the local pizza place where they ate dinner.
When they brought it to me, I legit consumed it in 5 minutes and made them take a photo of me, grinning like a loon. I was just SO HAPPY.
What I didn’t realize was I terribly swollen from labor and delivery, and when I smiled, my cheeks basically caused my eyes to close.
Here’s photographic proof. You’re welcome/I’m sorry:
So these floats right here? They’re a boozy twist on that fateful float I enjoyed a day after my child arrived. And they’re just in time for this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Minty ice cream combined with the stout flavors of Guinness make a perfectly harmonious dessert. It’s not too sweet, nor is it too bitter. They’re easy to make for yourself OR a crowd, and they just require 3-4 ingredients, depending on what you want to garnish them with.
So if you’re a stout skeptic like I once was, give these floats a try and see if the combination works for you… because it totally works for me.
Erin’s Recommended Tools/Products for Mint Chip Guinness Floats
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- Essentials: Ice cream soda glasses (or another larger parfait cup to hold the ice cream and Guinness mixture.) High-quality chocolate drizzling sauce.
- Get the look: Anchor Hocking Classic Soda Fountain Glass. Bistro Ice Cream Spoons. Green paper straws. Black and gold patterned paper straws.
Minty, chocolatey ice cream combined with the dense deliciousness of Guinness… your St. Patrick’s Day party totally calls for these floats.
Here’s how you can make them:
- 1 tablespoon hot fudge sauce, warmed
- 2-3 scoops mint chocolate chip ice cream
- ½ bottle of Guinness
- Whipped cream and additional hot fudge sauce, optional, for finishing
- Drizzle the warmed hot fudge sauce inside the parfait glasses, creating patterns on the glass.
- Scoop in the mint chocolate chip ice cream.
- Pour the Guinness over the ice cream, pouring in slowly so the float does not overflow. Fill to the top.
- Finish with fresh whipped cream and additional hot fudge, and enjoy immediately!
How do YOU celebrate your children’s birthdays? (Or how do you think you will?)
How do you feel about boozy floats?