Made with Irish cream and coffee liqueur, these Baby Guinness Shots look just like a glass of Guinness beer, only smaller. They are an adorable and delicious way to celebrate with family and friends.
You might remember that a couple of years back I shared a recipe for mini beers. Mini beers are a shot recipe made of Licor43 and heavy cream that look just like glasses of beer… only smaller. This recipe has been so popular on Inspired by Charm that I wanted to create another to go along with it. In this post, I’m doing just that with these Baby Guinness Shots.
This isn’t a recipe that I invented. I knew that these baby Guinness shots existed but I didn’t give them much thought. Several weeks ago at a family party, my uncle’s partner arrived with a bottle of Kahlúa and Baileys and several plastic shot glasses. He poured some up and as soon as he presented them to the group I knew that I needed to share them with you.
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What Is a Baby Guinness Shot?
So you might be wondering, what exactly is a baby Guinness shot?
Well, I believe they are called such because when poured, these shots look like a glass of Guinness. The coffee liqueur is the base of the shot that gives it the deep rich brown color of Guinness. A layer of Irish cream, which is a soft creamy tan color, floats on top creating the “foamy head” of the beer. It’s pretty clever and really tasty!
You only need two ingredients to craft these baby Guinness shots. Here’s what you need, along with my recommendations.
1. Coffee Liqueur – For me, Kahlúa is the standard here. Anytime a recipe has limited ingredients you want to choose the best you can for the finest results.
2. Irish Cream – Again, stick with one of the best here: Baileys Irish Cream. I personally recommend the Salted Caramel Baileys if you can find it. It pairs wonderfully with the Kahlúa.
How to Make Baby Guinness Shots:
The process for making these shots is fairly simple.
- Pour the coffee liqueur into the shot glass. (It should fill the glass about three-fourths of the way.
- Hold a teaspoon above the shot glass at an angle, and very slowly pour on the Irish cream liqueur. You want to go very slowly with this process. Pouring slowly and using the spoon will allow this to later “float” on top of the coffee liqueur which will create the look of a real Guinness beer.
And that’s it! Just serve, cheers, and enjoy!
Pretty simple, right? And totally delicious too! This is a fun shot that most people enjoy even if they aren’t fans of Guinness or beer in general.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Here are some questions that often arise when I talk about this shot recipe.
What does a baby Guinness shot taste like?
“Like Guinness beer?” you might ask.
No, not even a little bitter. Since the shot is mostly coffee liqueur it tastes like coffee with a subtle kiss of whiskey. In fact, it is really delicious; this is one shot that won’t have you grimacing after you take it.
Can I use Flavored Kahlúa or Baileys?
Yes, of course! In fact, as I mentioned above, I really like the salted caramel Baileys, so that’s what I used. Both of these brands typically have seasonal flavors, so have fun creating something unique!
Where did you get the mini beer shot glasses?
Aren’t they the cutest? I found these specific glasses HERE. If you’re looking for other styles of mini beer glasses, check out these:
And with that, I think you’re ready to serve some of these baby Guinness shots. If you do, I’d love to hear all about them. Let me know what everyone thought!
These shots are always a hit and I know they will be for you too!
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Baby Guinness Shots
- 1.5 ounces coffee liqueur - such as Kahlúa
- .5 ounce Irish cream liqueur - such as Baileys
- Pour the coffee liqueur into the shot glass. (It should fill the glass about three-fourths of the way.)
- Hold a teaspoon above the shot glass at an angle, and very slowly pour on the Irish cream liqueur. This layer should “float” on top of the coffee liqueur.
- Serve, cheers, and enjoy!