Salted Caramel Guinness Beer Float

Instead of using plain vanilla ice cream in a Guinness Float, add salted caramel ice cream for a sweet and salty twist. This Salted Caramel Guinness Beer Float is guaranteed to be a favorite adult dessert! Makes 2 floats.

Love a boozy float? Don’t miss out on Mint Chip Guinness Beer Float and Chocolate Guinness Milkshakes with Irish Whiskey Cream!

A Salted Caramel Guinness Float sits on top of a light green napkin in front of a beer bottle and a bottle of chocolate sauce

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s just around the corner!

And I love me a good St. Patrick’s Day dessert, so this year, I’m upping the ante with a sweet, simple recipe that you can make in no time flat.

The one caveat: you’re gonna need a friend to split this monster float with.

Why I love this recipe:

Salted caramel is one of my favorite things because I adore the combination of salty with sweet. And when the stout is added, oh boy.

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    While it might not sound like it makes sense, please believe me when I say the chocolate and coffee notes of the Guinness combined with the salted caramel is heavenly and decadent and oh-so-delicious.

    Then we drizzle on some extra chocolate sauce for good measure, too, because life’s too short.

    Not only is this delicious, but it takes very little time to make and can easily be doubled, tripled or quadrupled for a crowd.

    Other St. Patrick’s Day dessert ideas: Chocolate Chip Irish Cream Pound Cake | No Churn Guinness Brownie Ice Cream | Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting | Irish Cream Biscuits with Boozy Chocolate Ganache

    Need more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration? Head on over to my St. Patrick’s Day recipe index for food ideas!

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      What you need to make this Salted Caramel Guinness Beer Float

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      In addition to the tools above, you’ll also need:

      • Salted caramel ice cream or gelato
      • Guinness beer (or another stout beer of your choosing)
      • Hot fudge sauce
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      How to make a Salted Caramel Guinness Float

      You start off with a base of salted caramel ice cream or gelato. Add a few scoops to your glass.

      Once the ice cream is scooped, slooooooooowly pour in your Guinness. Stop every once in a while so the bubbles can dissipate, then continue until your glass is full and the Guinness bottle is empty.

      Then once the float is good to go, top with your favorite hot fudge sauce. I recommend checking out Dude, Sweet Chocolate because it’s utterly delightful and pairs beautifully with the Guinness-salted caramel combination.

      And then once everything is in place, you enjoy!

      Close up of chocolate sauce drizzling down the side of a beer float

      Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

      Who doesn’t love a boozy float to celebrate a holiday? RIGHT. (If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, please head on over to learn about St. Patrick’s Day Party Food.)

      These St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Floats would be perfect for an at-home party. They’re great for adults for dessert, obviously, and you can use your favorite soda for a kid-friendly rendition of this float, too.

      Here are a few other tips and tricks to making beer floats while entertaining:

      • Purchase more than enough supplies. That means getting extra ice cream and Guinness (or your stout beer of choice.)
      • Make it an ice cream float bar! This would be especially fun to let guests make their own. Keep in mind that if kids are in the house, you’ll want to keep the beer separate and out of reach. I’d make a regular mint chip float for the kids and let adults grab a Guinness from the fridge to make theirs off.
      • Keep the ice cream cold. If you’re having a float bar, situate the ice cream in a champagne tub or a cooler to ensure it doesn’t melt.
      A Salted Caramel Guinness Float sits on top of a light green napkin in front of a beer bottle and a bottle of chocolate sauce

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What is a beer float?

      A beer float is a dessert that combines beer and ice cream. It’s like the traditional root beer float, but with your favorite beer instead. (In this case, we’re using Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day!)

      Is a beer float good?

      YES! While beer and ice cream might not something you might consider as a good combination, they work super well together.

      Does beer and ice cream go together?

      Yes, they do! And we use them together in this beer float recipe!

      What mixes well with Guinness?

      Obviously, ice cream goes well with Guinness. You can also use Guinness in chocolate cupcakes to bring out richness, as well as other drinks.

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        Salted Caramel Guinness Float

        Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
        Move over, Guinness Float! There is a new Guinness dessert in town! Instead of using plain vanilla ice cream in your Guinness Float this St. Patrick’s Day, consider adding salted caramel ice cream instead for a sweet and salty twist. This Salted Caramel Guinness Float is guaranteed to be a favorite adult dessert!
        3 from 4 votes
        Servings 2 floats
        Calories 985 kcal
        Prep Time 5 minutes
        Total Time 5 minutes


        • 2-3 scoops salted caramel ice cream or gelato
        • 1 bottle Guinness beer
        • Hot fudge sauce for drizzling

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        • Scoop the ice cream/gelato into a large glass or float glass.
        • Pour the Guinness on top of the ice cream/gelato.
        • Stir until the Guinness is mixed into the ice cream/gelato.
        • Drizzle hot fudge sauce on the top, and enjoy immediately.


        Serving: 1floatCalories: 985kcalCarbohydrates: 132gProtein: 15gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 572mgFiber: 3gSugar: 115g
        Keyword beer, beer float, cocktails, dessert, dessert drinks, drinks, float, guinness, ice cream float, ice cream recipe, St. Patrick’s Day recipe
        Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
        Cuisine American
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        Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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        1. Yum! We are getting into the Guinness recipes over here, too. I just made some burgers the other night, and I’m thinking about trying a shepherd’s pie, too. I can’t enjoy this drink this St. Patty’s Day, but my hubby will love it!

          1. You made BURGERS with GUINNESS?!?! Woah! That’s awesome! I hope that when you get a chance to try this drink next year, it’s as good to you as it was to us! I wasn’t able to try any of my St. Patrick’s Day drinks last year, either, and it’s been a whole lot of fun this year!

        2. This sounds amaaaaaazing! We’ll be in London over St. Patrick’s Day this year – I hope it’s okay to celebrate belatedly, because I don’t want to miss out on this! Salted caramel and Guinness is a brilliant pairing.

          1. As the recipe creator, I can speak to this float. 😉 My husband also happily drank this, too. If you like Guinness (or a stout beer!), you should like the flavor. The beer can definitely be tasted in the float. That said, the caramel ice cream brings out some caramel/sweeter notes in the beer, and they meshed well. Enjoy!

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