How to Make a Baby Guinness Shot: Recipe & Ingredients

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PREP TIME 2 min

Cocktail Type

Liqueur

Great for

St Patricks Day

Difficulty

Easy

A creamy Baby Guinness Shot against a dark backdrop decorated with a sprig of pennygum

The Baby Guinness Shot is a sweet bit of Irish culture that is popular around the globe. Mimicking the look of a pint of Guinness in miniature, this layered shot comes together with only two ingredients, and makes a wonderful addition to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration or any event that requires a bit of craic. The only tricky bit is using a spoon to layer the liqueurs, but once you have that down, it’s smooth sailing all the way. So, without further ado, here’s how to make Baby Guinness shot the easy way 

QUICK TIPS

01

Use a shot glass that is wide enough to accommodate a teaspoon.

02

You can also make this shot with chocolate tequila.

03

Add a coffee cookie and serve it as dessert!

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Coffee liqueur
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Irish Cream liqueur

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Pour the coffee liqueur into a shot glass

02

Place a teaspoon upside down at an angle inside the shot glass, with the tip of the spoon touching the side of the glass, resting on the coffee liqueur

03

Slowly pour the Irish cream liqueur over the back of the spoon, to create a distinct layering effect

What does a Baby Guinness cocktail taste like?

The two Baby Guinness shot ingredients come together like a charm, yielding a sweet, smooth sipper. This easy Irish cocktail has a rich, full-bodied flavour underpinned by strong coffee notes, with delectable hints of vanilla and caramel on the finish. 

Variations of Baby Guinness shot recipe to DIY

If the Baby Guinness Shot hits all the right notes, there are a few fun variations you could try. First off, you can play around with the liqueur. Some folks like to make a Baby Guinness Shot with tequila or hazelnut liqueur, for instance. To get you inspired to experiment some more, here are a few other cocktails that creamy shooter enthusiasts are bound to love as well.  

Espresso Martini

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Irish Coffee Cocktail

An Irish Coffee cocktail can be served hot or cold, which makes it a perfect coffee-based cocktail to serve all year around. Garnish your Irish Coffee cocktail with a sprinkle of cocoa for chocolatey vibes or dip roasted coffee beans in melted chocolate and freeze them for an easy garnish. 

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Green Tea Shot

Another tricky shot that is not quite what its name suggests, the Green Tea Shot is green, but there is no tea in it at all. It’s more closely related to the Kamikaze shooter. Regardless, it’s completely delicious, and a crowd-pleaser of note.   

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When to serve Baby Guinness shots

This easy shooter makes a great addition to events like: 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A Baby Guinness shot is made with coffee liqueur and Irish Cream liqueur.

A 45ml shot glass is a good option for a Baby Guinness. It's best to use a shot glass with a wide enough circumference to accommodate a teaspoon so you can layer the liqueur easily.

Choose a high-quality coffee liqueur as the base of your Baby Guinness shot to give it the best flavour profile possible. If you feel like doing something a little different, you could also consider using chilli or hazelnut liqueur.

A Baby Guiness shot is made with coffee liqueur and Irish Cream liqueur. It does not contain any Guinness, but looks like a pint of beer in miniature, which is where the name comes from.