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Another Childhood Favorite All Grown Up: The Guinness Milkshake

November 24, 2010

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX — an amazing venue combining good food, good drink, good movies, and other quirky entertainment — serves a transcendent Guinness milkshake.  It sounds weird, but trust me: deep, dark, creamy Guinness stout and sweet vanilla ice cream were made for each other.  The Alamo serves their milkshakes garnished with whipped cream and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, which I find entirely unnecessary.  The whipped cream is a lovely touch, but the sunflower seeds just interfere with the texture of the milkshake; they’re like tiny projectiles to the back of the throat when you suck them up through the straw.  Instead of seeds, I get right to the heart of the situation — hello, dessert! — and garnish my milkshake with a cookie.  A Girl Scout Thin Mint is perfect here, but almost any friendly cookie will do.  In these photos, we used Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Mint Milanos and Blue Bunny “Homemade Vanilla” ice cream.  I see no reason why you can’t substitute chocolate ice cream in your milkshake, if that’s your flavor persuasion, but I prefer to stick with the classic vanilla.

Guinness Milkshake

8 oz. Guinness*

1 cup vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream

Optional: whipped cream & cookie of your choice for garnish

Add ingredients to blender and puree until smooth.  (*If you like a thicker shake, start with half the Guinness and continue to add more until you are satisfied with the consistency.)  Pour into a pint glass and garnish with whipped cream and the cookie of your choice.  Serve with a straw or a spoon.

  1. Kristi permalink
    November 24, 2010 9:25 am

    Wow! Going to have to show that to the Irish people here! Someone today was telling me to drink Guinness because I was cold and the iron in it is supposed to help with that….then they were telling me that they used to give pregnant women Guinness for the iron. So many uses 🙂

  2. November 24, 2010 2:44 pm

    Hey, I wouldn’t argue with that kind of folk wisdom. Let me know what the Irish think of the Guinness milkshake — I’ll be interested to know if they think it’s genius or sacrilege. 🙂

  3. November 25, 2010 7:46 pm

    Holy moly…this sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  4. November 27, 2010 2:38 pm

    You’re welcome, Geni. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

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