When first looking at the Baby Guinness shot, one could think it actually contains the classic dark stout from the Guinness brewery.
But apart from its looks, it has nothing in common with the iconic beer from Dublin. Instead, the shooter includes coffee liqueur and a float of Irish cream liqueur.
And this combination doesn't only look and sound amazing. The shot is actually pretty damn good. -At least if you have a bit of a sweet tooth. If you don't, then better stick to the stout. So get ready to mix some Baby Guinness shots.
What's in a Baby Guinness
The list of ingredients is short. You only need a good coffee liqueur and some Irish cream to get this shot done.
Irish cream is a liqueur based on Irish Whiskey, cream, and additional flavorings. This liqueur usually has 15-20% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and was first produced in Dublin, Ireland, in 1973.
The most famous representative is Baileys, and it works perfectly in a Baby Guinness shot.
Besides the outstanding taste and creaminess, it's also not too sweet. You can still taste the Whiskey, which sometimes gets lost in Irish Cream products.
The coffee liqueur mimics the actual beer part in the Baby Guinness shot.
In recent years, more and more coffee liqueurs have entered the market, and the sweetness and caffeine levels can vary widely.
And while you can always go with Kahlúa, there are plenty of other choices worth mentioning. You'll find some of them in the next paragraph.
Best coffee liqueur for making a Baby Guinness
The worldwide bestselling coffee liqueur is Kahlúa. No wonder, it is a popular choice in a Baby Guinness, as well.
But the arabica coffee liqueur from Mexico is closely followed by another classic, Tia Maria coffee liqueur from Jamaica. It's also the preferred choice in the US.
And there's a good reason: Tia Maria tastes less sweet, better balanced, and overall smoother than Kahlúa. It's one of the best options for a Baby Guinness shot.
However, regular coffee liqueurs taste like coffee but don't deliver on caffeine. Both options, Tia Maria and Kahlúa, are also holding back with the caffeine.
Kahlúa, for example, only holds a fraction of the caffeine amount a coffee would contain.
To give you an idea, here are some numbers: a shot of Kahlúa (1.5 oz) contains 4.5 milligrams of caffeine, and an ordinary cup of coffee has around 100 milligrams.
So I have some more favorites besides these two if you want something to really wake you up:
So how about a Baby Guinness with either Mr. Black or CO'PS coffee liqueurs. These two products don't only taste like coffee but also wake you up like your favorite roast?
The first is a cold brew liqueur holding ten times more caffeine than Kahlúa.
CO'PS is an espresso liqueur that contains even more caffeine. - It is not available in the US currently, though.
The alcohol content of a Baby Guinness shot
The alcohol content of a Baby Guinness depends on the ingredients and ratios used.
A typical version, made with three parts Tia Maria and one part Baileys, contains 19,25% ABV.
If you decide to make a Baby Guinness with CO'PS and Baileys, the same shot would have 26,75% ABV.
How to Make a Baby Guinness
To make a perfect Baby Guinness, you need to float the Irish cream on top of the coffee liqueur.
The best way to do that is to pour the coffee liqueur and then grab a bar spoon to help layer the creamy part on top.
Measure the Irish cream with your jigger and hold the bar spoon close to the shot glass filled three-quarters with coffee liqueur.
Now slowly and carefully, pour the Irish cream via the spoon on top of the coffee liqueur. Due to the different densities of the two liquids, they won't mix.
So now, grab your favorite coffee liqueur and a bottle of Baileys - or one of the more affordable alternatives - and mix some Baby Guinness shots.
- 1 oz Tia Maria coffee liqueur
- 0.33 oz Baileys
- Refrigerate both ingredients before using.
- Use a chilled shot glass and pour in the coffee liqueur.
- Float Irish cream on top of coffee liqueur with the help of a bar spoon, and enjoy your Baby Guinness. Cheers! Sláinte!