O’Lucky Libations & Brownies O’Guinness

. . . that a quality leprachaun would be proud of! A St. Paddy’s after dinner drink (and dessert) anyone?

Once you’ve polished-off your golden pot of corn beef & cabbage & your Guinness hath run dry, best the time for a hot, Irish-inspired beverage to sip. This drink is pretty close to a traditional Irish Coffee, but we’re going to change it up a bit! Don’t worry, we’re not adding Lucky Charms, though that is quite tempting.

Irish Whiskey? Check. Baileys Irish Cream? Check. We have the festive foundation, but we’re going with a honey-infused version of Bushmills Irish Whiskey. We will be topping our libation with a subtle peppermint-infused whipped cream. That’s one cup of coffee I’ll take of refill of!

Oh, but it’s not over yet. Not nearly, because we’re going to savor our Saintly drinks with a Guinness brownie. Oh yes! Here is the perfect sweet ending to a soon to be stormy Saint Patrick’s Day:

Grab a Guinness (you saved at least one right?) and let’s bake:

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Guinness Brownies (fudge-like)
Lucky to have a rich Guinness brownie, perfect for Saint Patty's Day!
Serves: rich & delicious brownies
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
What to get:
  • 10 oz bittersweet baking chips (I use 60% cacao Ghirardelli)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghriardelli again)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 (14.9 oz) can Guinness (you will reduce to about 10 oz of liquid)
What to do:
  1. Line a brownie pan or 9x9 with parchment & grease.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Add Guinness to a pot on stove and reduce on very low for about 10-15 min, then cool & set aside (you should have less fluid than when you started, 10 oz or so, we're concentrating the flavor).
  4. While Guinness reduces, on stove melt chocolate gently in double boiler or in a bowl over a pot of simmering water on low, stirring occasionally.
  5. In a bowl combine cocoa powder and flour.
  6. In another bowl of a mixer beat eggs, add sugar, salt and vanilla.
  7. Next stir-in the cooled Guinness, about 8oz (from the reduced 10oz) or less, and add melted chocolate.
  8. Combine, and add the dry ingredients till mixed thoroughly (batter will be slightly thinner than usual).
  9. Pour brownie batter into lined & prepared pan and bake 35-45 minutes depending which pan you use. Check with a toothpick.
  10. Let cool on rack for about 35 minutes.
  11. Then top with powdered sugar and eat one!
These brownies are rich and moist! Reduce the Guinness to about 10 oz or less of fluid to concentrate flavor and we'll use ~8oz or less of the Guinness reduction to maintain the correct consistency of brownie batter (mine was slightly thinner). They are not overly sweet due to the chocolate choice, so if you like yours extra sweet, just add a ½ cup more brown sugar. I like them as-is with a little powdered sugar dusted on the top! The Guinness gives a richer flavor and they have a fudge-like consistency and it's definitely a winner for Saint Patrick's Day...

While your brownies are baking, brew-up a pot of your favorite unflavored coffee. When they’re out of the oven and ready for cooling, let’s drum-up our drink:

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O’Lucky Irish Coffee
Hot and delicious, after dinner drinks perfect for Saint Patrick's Day! We're changing up the standard Irish Coffee version by using a honey whiskey and toppping with a subtle peppermint whipped cream. Cheers!
Serves: as many as you want!
Prep time: 
Total time: 
What to get:
  • 2 oz Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey
  • 5 oz coffee (hot)
  • 3 oz Baileys Irish Cream (warmed)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Peppermint-infused whipped cream for the top
  • *drop of green food coloring and a clover if you feel festive!
What to do:
  1. Brew a pot of standard hot coffee
  2. In Irish coffee mugs add:
  3. Bailey's, Whiskey, coffee and stir-in the brown sugar till dissolved.
To make the peppermint-infused Whipped cream:
  1. Steep 2 sprigs fresh peppermint leaves in 1 cup fresh whipping cream for about 10 min
  2. Remove mint leaves and whip cream with electric mixer
  3. *add 1 drop green food coloring for subtle color as desired
  4. Then top drinks with whipped cream and garnish with a clover or mint leaf!
If you prefer more mint flavor in the whipped cream, you can let the mint leaves steep longer and/or add a tiny bit of mint extract or syrup if you've got it.


You’ve got your green on, your Guinness & your Irish coffee, looks like it will be one more Saint Patrick’s Day well done!

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