Irish Ice Cream Soda

Irish Ice Cream Soda

I must admit, I'm kind of a St. Patrick's Day scrooge: parades bring out the agoraphobic in me, I look terrible in green, and I detest shepherd's pie. I usually boycott the holiday entirely, staying in while my friends head out to pubs to guzzle pints of dyed beer.

I do, however, have a soft spot in my heart (stomach?) for Bailey's liqueur. It's one of my booze shelf staples: I use it to bake brownies, and I often add it to hot chocolate for a special late-night treat. So this year, I decided to see if I could create a festive drink that would put even a cynic like me in the mood to celebrate the shamrock. Inspired by the knock-it-back-fast classic, the Irish Car Bomb, I came up with this beer float, using Guinness stout and Ben & Jerry's Dublin Mudslide. A marriage of alcohol and ice cream—what could be more delicious?

About the author: Lucy Baker is a graduate student in the writing program at Sarah Lawrence College. Before returning to school to pursue an MFA, she was an assistant cookbook editor at HarperCollins. She lives in Brooklyn and is currently obsessed with all things fennel.


  • 1 generous scoop of Ben & Jerry's Dublin Mudslide ice cream
  • 1 12-ounce bottle Guinness stout
  • 1/2 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish


  1. 1.

    Spoon the ice cream into a pint glass. Pour in the beer, tilting the glass to reduce foaming. Drizzle with Bailey's and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.