Baby Guinness

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Baby Guinness
Type Mixed drink shooter/drink shot
Standard drinkware
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Shot glass
Commonly used ingredients

3/4 shot (3 parts) Coffee liqueur, 1/4 shot (1 part) Irish cream

Preparation Float Irish cream on top of coffee liqueur
Notes Variation substitutes black Sambuca for coffee liqueur

A Baby Guinness is a shooter, a style of cocktail, or mixed alcoholic beverage, intended to be consumed in one shot. A Baby Guinness contains no Guinness beer. Its name is derived from the fact that it is made in such a way as to look like a tiny glass of stout.


A portion of coffee liqueur (e.g., Tia Maria, Kahlúa or Patrón Cafe) is topped by a layer of Irish Cream (e.g., Baileys) which is poured over the back of a spoon so that it sits on the coffee liqueur. The ratio of coffee liqueur to Irish cream varies but is generally around 3-to-1. The resulting drink looks like a miniature pint of Guinness stout, with the coffee liqueur as the beer and the Irish cream as the head. It is normally served in a shot glass.[1]

Some recipes call for the Irish cream to be whipped then spooned on top of the coffee liqueur in order to look more like the head on a pint of Guinness.[2]


In some places a Baby Guinness is often served with black Sambuca instead of coffee liqueur[3][4] creating a drink similar to a Slippery Nipple.

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  1. ^ "Baby Guinness". Food and Recipes. Boston Herald. May 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Baby Guinness". RecipeZaar. August 2, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Baby Guinness". Dr. Mixology. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  4. ^ "The Oxford Retreat's Bar Menu" (PDF). The Oxford Retreat Pub. Retrieved 2009-06-24.  External link in |publisher= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ Phillips, Stephen. "Great Cocktails, Episode FLGCT-112L". Fine Living Network. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 

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