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.
Why You’ll Enjoy This Recipe
- They are pretty darn cute! Who knew a mini beer could be so adorable?
- Using just Irish cream and coffee liqueur, you can whip up these delightful shots in a matter of minutes. No fancy or hard-to-find ingredients required – just pure simplicity for a fantastic outcome.
- They tasted delicious. A lot of shot recipes are pretty terrible. This one is actually quite delicious and really easy to drink.
- They are an easy, fun, and unique way to celebrate. One shot to celebrate a special occasion or individual can be really fun and memorable.
And this goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway), please drink responsibly.
What 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!
As you I can see, these shots aren’t just delicious; they also spark joy and curiosity. Your friends and family will be amazed at how closely they resemble the iconic Guinness beer, only tinier.
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
I’ll walk you through the steps for making this baby Guinness shots below. I’ve also provided a full ingredient list and detailed instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- 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.
Tips and Tricks
Creating the perfect Baby Guinness Shots is easier than you might think! To ensure your shots turn out as delightful as they look, here are some handy tips and tricks to keep in mind:
- Chill Your Liqueurs: For the best results, make sure to chill your Irish cream and coffee liqueur before assembling the shots. Chilled liqueurs will create a cleaner separation of layers and enhance the visual appeal of the shot.
- Choose the Right Glassware: While the classic shot glasses work perfectly for these adorable treats, consider using small clear or transparent glasses to showcase the beautiful layered effect.
- Layering Like a Pro: Achieving that distinct Guinness-like layered effect requires a steady hand and a little finesse. Start by pouring the coffee liqueur into the glass, and then gently pour the Irish cream over the back of a spoon to let it float on top.
- Garnish with Creativity: While Baby Guinness Shots are charming on their own, you can take them to the next level with creative garnishes. Try adding a sprinkle of cocoa powder on top or a tiny espresso bean to complement the coffee liqueur.
- Serve with Desserts: Pair these delightful shots with your favorite desserts to create a harmonious and indulgent experience. Peanut butter desserts, raspberry brownies, or even a rich cheesecake are excellent choices to complement the flavors.
With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’re well on your way to becoming a Baby Guinness Shots pro! Enjoy the process of crafting these adorable treats and delighting your guests with a charming and delicious celebration.
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 bit. 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!