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Technically, in addition to being Irish, Guinness is also part African. Or part Canadian. Supposedly it is also brewed in Australia as well. Whatever.





Guinness will forever be the most  clichéd association with Saint Patrick’s day. It will therefore also become an increasingly banal focus within Saint Patty’s recipes.


Practically anyone will try a Guinness on March 17.


Even a squirrel.


By the way, Saint Patrick’s name was apparently Maewyn Succat. Imagine the taunting he would endure at school. That Succs.


Also, the first parade celebrating the day was actually in Boston (argued to be in New York as well, the historical recordings are iffy. I’m from Boston so I’m sticking with that.)


So, originating as a religious holiday Americans have managed to manipulate and warp its meaning until it became an excuse for even the non-Irish or non-Christians to get wasted and wear green. That’s what makes America so great.




I had two choices, really. Either avoid the use of Guinness or embrace it. I was going to avoid it until I thought to myself, “Gee, Jasmin. People love jello (jelly)  shots when they get wasted. They also love Guinness on March 17. Why hasn’t anyone combined the two?”




I talk to myself all of the time.

I tried to brush the thought off, but it haunted me. Not only Guinness, but also American style-lager, since watered down beers are all the rage here. So behold, the Guinness and/or Golden Beer shots. In a beer mug shot glass. With little foamheads. This is too much. I can’t handle it.



Here’s What You Need For You Guinness Beer Jello Shots with a Bailey’s Foam Head,


For the Beer Layer:

2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin (found by the rest of the Jello in the grocery store)

- 10 tablespoons of Guinness OR 10 tablespoons of an American Lager, Light Beer or Ale (for my golden beer, I chose Blue Moon. A Belgian-style wheat Ale)

optional: sugar to sweeten the beer (if you are looking to “girlify” it)

optional:  1 teaspoon cocoa powder (to add a hint of chocolate taste to the Guinness. Not the other beers. That would be gross)



For the Guinness Foam Head:


- 2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin

3 tablespoons of Bailey’s or some other Irish cream




For the Golden Beer Foam Head:

(You do NOT need to double this recipe)

1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin

1  1/2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk



shot glasses… mug shot glasses are even better (You can find some of your own here or larger but more expensive ones here or these )

optional: a sieve/strainer (only if you are picky about little clumps and what not)


Makes about 6 shots, depending on the shot glass size.



I did a little Google search to see if anyone else had come up with a similar idea, and there is a version with Italian beer, I believe.

In lieu of my irritation over some recent fan emails concerning a certain blog that posted my cupcake stuffed strawberries without giving any credit (run-on), I will post the link for Sugar Swing’s version of beer shots at the end of the post.


Seriously, it does not take much effort to give credit. People should be more concerned with spreading the love, rather than taking credit for someone else’s ideas and trying to appear clever and original.  Tacky.


Many popular bloggers have had issues with this, and continue to. Alright, I am done ranting.




To make the beer jello layer,

Make sure your shot glasses are clean and without dust.

Tiny beer mug shot glasses

These things are so cute. Seriously.



Have your beer ready. Guinness, or whatever you prefer.


large Guinness, tiny beer mugs

I purchased an extra large bottle of Guinness (handle?) in order to tweak the recipe. Large bottle of Guinness, tiny beer mugs.



Measure out your unflavored gelatin.


unflavored gelatin


Sprinkle it over a bowl of 10 tablespoons of either cold Guinness or your beer of choice. Needs to be cold.




If you want to have a hint of chocolate flavor in your Guinness, add about 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder.


Stir in. It will foam up a bit, don’t fret.


Boil about a cup of water. If you want sweetened beer (and probably recommended for those who are adding the cocoa powder as well), add in 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup to the boiling water. Everyone has different taste, so it is up to you to determine how sweet or savory you want your jello shots. Some people don’t like sugar, while others want it sickingly sweet.



Measure out 4 tablespoons of the boiling water and add it to the beer/gelatin mixture.

Guinness, with or without cocoa

Cocoa is on the right.


Stir until gelatin is dissolved.




Pour into mini beer mug glasses

Use either a spoon or a pouring container with a spout to fill your mugs up. If you see particles in the mixture, feel free to use a sieve and pour through it into the mugs to remove the particles.


Leave some space for the foam heads at the top of the mug. Place in fridge to harden.


If you are using a different beer, scroll ahead to see how the steps will now differ.



For the Irish Crean foam head,


This is for the Guinness. Measure out 2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin and sprinkle over a bowl of 2 tablespoons of cold water.



Boil water (no sugar in this!)…


Measure out 2 tablespoons of boiling water and 3 tablespoons of Irish Cream onto the mixture. Stir until dissolved.

Add Hot Water to Bailey's




Pour onto a plate. You can line the plate with foil if you like.


Once the Irish cream jello is firm, take out and chop up into teeny, tiny little bits.

chop, chop, chop




Pile it up onto the tops of the firm Guinness jello shots.


Make your second batch of Irish Cream jello using the same process. Once gelatin is dissolved use a small measuring spoon to drip over the little chopped bits. This will fill in the empty spaces.

use a small spoon to fill in the spaces


Place in fridge until firm (an hour or so). Once firm, if you do not plan on serving right away cover the tops with plastic wrap and store in an air tight container. Otherwise, the foam heads will brown.




If you are using other beer follow the same steps for the Guinness. Don’t attempt to use the chocolate. It would probably taste gross in this case.

beer and gelatin jello

Pour into mug shot glasses and store in fridge.


To create your foam heads, add 1 teaspoon of gelatin with 1 tablespoon of cold water.


Add 1 tablespoon of boiling water, as well as 1  1/2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Stir very well until combined (I used a mini whisk).



If you would like to add bubbles to the shots, use a straw. I show more detailed instructions on adding bubbles to jello in my champagne jello shot post, here.


It is best to create the bubbles earlier while the jello is still hardening, but I forgot. Silly me.


So I had to do it right before and they were not as realistic. Either way, pour the sweetened condensed milk jello mixture on top before it hardens. Place in fridge.

Use the straw to create bubbles, if you like




Please press play and proceed to look at photos of amazing jello shots.



Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot





Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot





Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot





Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot





Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot




Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot





Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot




Guinness Jello shot beer jello shot




Mmm. I am sitting in my bed and want this to happen to me right now:
funny gifs


****If you are considering posting up photos or ideas from this or any other posts I am truly happy that you are excited and find my recipes interesting enough to share with others. Please see copyright standards in the footer (bottom) AND follow them!!!!



Feel free to Visit Sugar Swings for their version of beer jello shots, by clicking here.


Oh and on a side note, the queen of jello shots is Michelle Palm. She wrote the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen where you can see here. Cheers!

Beer Jello Shots. Guinness for Saint Patty's Day, or Regular for Whenever. In Tiny Beer Mugs With Tiny Foam Heads. OMG
Recipe type: beverage
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A delicious beer jello shot recipe for saint patrick's day, or just regular beer whenever. Made with Guinness and a Bailey's foam head top, or your choice of any beer.
  • 2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin (found by the rest of the Jello in the grocery store)
  • 10 tablespoons of Guinness OR 10 tablespoons of an American Lager, Light Beer or Ale (for my golden beer, I chose Blue Moon. A Belgian-style wheat Ale)
  1. Pour Guinness over gelatin. Boil water...
  2. For the rest of instructions, visit
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 50


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38 Responses to Beer Jello Shots. Guinness for Saint Patty’s Day, or Regular for Whenever. In Tiny Beer Mugs With Tiny Foam Heads. OMG

  1. Heather says:

    you get more amazing all the time- you guys should move to NYC instead!

  2. Okay, firstly, how rude to not give credit. I love using others ideas, but you so have to give credit! Secondly, I have these cups, my mom had them since she was little, I think hers were for italian coffee or something. thirdly, the chopped up jello looks really gross if you don’t know what it is. Fourth, these are the most adorable things ever and I so want to be a beer drinker to make these. Lastly, sorry about the long comment, these are adorable and I think I will try them, with sugar and cocoa!

  3. erin says:

    Awesome! This is very clever idea and so sooooooo cute!! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to whip up my own for St Pattys day.

  4. Michelle says:

    So cute in the beer mugs!!! Thanks for the mention and link. Appreciated!

  5. Christy says:

    These are so getting made…. hmmm… add some Jameson and you have Irish Car Bomb shots….

  6. These are too freaking adorable to eat! I was thinking the same thing as Christy! Irish Car Bomb Jello shots would be the holy grail.

  7. Alyssa says:

    These look super cute and I will try them. As an avid Guinness drinker I’m just wondering why the chopped up jello on top? I’ll skip that step when I make them. But otherwise I can’t wait to try!

    • Jasmin says:

      @ Alyssa, the chopped up jello was to create texture and a “bubbly” appearance. It isn’t necessary, but it looks cuter that way. Not that you need cute when you are eating beer jello.

      • Donna B aka TuttleDB says:

        Love this! Wanted to suggest — instead of chopped up jello, you could use a hand mixer to make it foamy and spoon it on top for a nice head! I did it once for some jello champagne using white grape juice (I don’t remember where I got that recipe. It was pre-Internet!)

  8. Bethany says:

    I have a question, at the top it says 10 TLB of Guinness, or 5TBL of other beers… is there a reason for that?

    Later on it says 10 of Guinness or whatever beer you choose.

    • Bethany says:

      also- it goes from 1 tsp of cocoa to 1/2 tsp.

      • Jasmin says:

        @Bethany, you caught my greatest weakness: I NEVER proofread. Sigh. I started off with a smaller recipe and doubled it for the post to make a reasonable amount of shots. Clearly, I forgot to keep it doubled throughout.

        It is 10 tablespoons of beer, regardless of the type of beer.
        1 teaspoon of cocoa powder. You can add more cocoa powder, by the way. That was just a starting point.

        It is fixed and thank you for pointing out. Feel free to proofread any of my future posts 😉

  9. Janice says:

    How about pinning on Pinterest? When I pin it, it does show the name of your blog, and the photo is a clickable link that leads here. But that is all. I’ve added your blog name and your name in the comment section right below the pic–is that enough, or should I do something more? I do want to protect your copyright!

    • Jasmin says:

      @janice, Thank you so much for checking with me. I TRULY appreciate your desire to be respectful of my content. A breathe of fresh air to bloggers, writers and photographers! Pinterest is totally okay! Pinterest links back to the site, and you are not claiming it as your photo. As long as you are not retyping the instructions then it is perfect! I am actually on Pinterest myself and love it. Find me:


  10. Janice says:

    Thanks, Jasmin. I just read a post by a lawyer who deleted all her boards because she believes it is possible to be held liable for what you pin, similar to what happened to people on music file-sharing sites that were deemed illegal. I’m not going that far yet, but I am trying to make sure that I have permission to pin things. I am following your boards now, with pleasure!

  11. Kelly says:

    The large bottles of beer (22oz) are called bombers … super popoular among microbrews

  12. gaby says:

    absolutely adorable!!! i love guinness so this is a must for me… now, WHERE did you get those mini mugs? I saw them once at a tailgate several years ago and have gone crazy looking for them!!! =] Thanks!

  13. juliemarg says:

    it is very unique! great!

  14. Catalina Salamanca says:

    Hi! Adorable,,, just wondering where you bought those incredibly cute little glasses! thanks

  15. Lola says:

    Where do you get those glasses from

  16. Johanna says:

    Aww I’ve been an Au Pair in Ireland and one of my friends I made there invited me to her welcome-back-party back in Germany. I’m so happy I found those guinness jelly shots! Best present ever with loads of memories! Thanks so much for sharing these! 🙂

  17. gabytrekinera says:

    Wonderful. And you’re right, providing credit is ethical and gentle. Greetings!

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