Guinness, Whiskey, and Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

The key to great roasty Guinness flavor? Reduce it on the stovetop into a concentrated syrup first.

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Recipe Details

Guinness, Whiskey, and Baileys Hot Chocolate Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 4 ounces milk chocolate chips

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

  • 4 ounces Baileys Irish Cream

  • 4 ounces Irish whiskey


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook Guinness over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

  2. In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.

  3. Add Bailey's followed by reduced Guinness and whiskey. Using a hand blender, milk frother, or whisk, whisk until frothy, pour into individual serving cups, and serve immediately.

Special equipment

whisk, hand blender, or milk frother

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
698 Calories
30g Fat
53g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 698
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 293mg 23%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 615mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)