Baby Guinness Jello Shots

baby guinness jello shots

Do you know what a Baby Guinness shot is?

Contrary to its name, there’s actually no Guinness beer involved. Instead it’s a shot of Patron XO Cafe (coffee liqueur made with tequila) topped with Baileys Irish Cream. So it just looks like a little version of a pint of Guinness, with dark “beer” at the bottom and “foam” on top. It’s sweet, and strong, and tastes like dessert. Naturally, it’s my very favorite shot out of all the shots out there.

It’s hard to improve on this delicious shooter, but I think I just did. Because if there’s anything more fun than a regular tequila shot, it’s JELLO SHOTS!

Don’t worry, I’m not about to go all spring break on you. I’ve made jello shots before (these St-Germain Pomegranate Jello Shots) and I’ve always kept it classy and sophisticated. I promise I won’t stir you wrong when it comes to dessert-like alcoholic drinks and cocktails.

baileys and patron xo

I’ve been wanting to make a jello shots version of Baby Guinness, and I finally did, right on time for St. Patrick’s Day. Guinness beer is definitely one of the most popular libations during this holiday, but Irish creams are pretty high up on the list, too. And I take any excuse to drink some Baileys. (I’m not going to say how much tequila I constantly crave.)

For the jello shots, the “beer” portion is made of coffee flavored jello, spiked with Patron XO Cafe. You can have coffee flavored jello if you remember to buy plain gelatin, and then use cold coffee instead of cold water when preparing it. However, I actually ended up using black cherry jello and cold coffee. One of my friends suggested using that, and I really liked the idea because not only is black cherry jello already a naturally dark color, it would add a very subtle sweet-tart flavor to the jello shots.

baileys jello shots

The “foam” layer is made of creamy Baileys flavored pudding. I simply swapped out Bailey’s for half of the milk, and mixed it with instant vanilla pudding. I also cut the liquids in half to get a firmer pudding, because I froze some of the jello shots and that makes for easier slicing. The Baileys flavored pudding was really really good, and I ended up eating too many spoonfuls while assembling the shots. (Note to self: make more Baileys flavored pudding for your next dinner party.)

coffee jello shots

I absolutely loved these Baby Guinness Jello Shots. The coffee-tequila jello was so good – it tastes intensely of coffee, which pairs very nicely with the creamy pudding topping. I also made square versions of these jello shooters (just poured into a square pan and sliced into squares, instead of using individual shot glasses), but I underestimated the coffee jello portion, so the proportions ended up more like 50% tequila jello shots, and 50% Baileys pudding. But no one complained, and everyone was happy. Because everyone’s always happy when there’s jello shots involved!

Baby Guinness Jello Shots


"Guinness Beer" Portion

1/2 cup Patron XO Cafe (or any other coffee liqueur)
1/2 cup cold black coffee
3 oz black cherry jello (you can also use plain)
1 cup boiling water

"Foam Topping"

3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup cold milk
1/2 cup Baileys (or any other Irish cream)



  1. Make the "Guinness beer" portion. In a medium bowl, add boiling water to gelatin mixture. Stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water and cold coffee. Pour into individual shot glasses and/or square pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Make the "foam topping" layer. Beat vanilla pudding mix with 1 cup of cold milk and 1 cup of Baileys. The pudding will soft-set in about 5 minutes. Spoon on top of coffee jello shots or spread on top of pan.
  3. Refrigerate the jello shots for at least another 2 hours. If you are using a square pan, you might consider freezing for easier slicing.

This recipe should make around 16 1-oz shots.

If you’d like a different cocktail recipe that actually involves Guinness beer, try this:

chocolate guinness float

Chocolate Guinness Beer Floats

But if you’re like me and can’t resist jello shots (and anything in a mason jar – especially an adorable mini mason jar), then definitely try these Baby Guinness Jello Shots.

baby guinness jello shots recipe

Do you have any favorite shooters that can be turned into jello shots? Let me know!



38 Responses to “Baby Guinness Jello Shots”

  1. #
    Monica posted March 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Love this, Bianca! I didn’t know what baby guiness shots were but now I do, thanks to you. That foam on top is genius!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 9, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Monica! It’s soooo good.

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    Ashley posted March 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I had never heard of baby guinness shots before! Learn something new every day :) I love how these are layered – so cool looking!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 9, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thanks girl! I wish the layers were cleaner/neater but I’ll take these :)

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    Liz posted March 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    LOL, I’m a bit relieved you didn’t make jello shots from Guinness! But the combination of coffee liqueur jello and Bailey’s foam sounds incredible!!! Pinning :)

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    Lily Lau posted March 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Wow Bianca, baby Guinness shots are the cutest shots ever! Need to have some next weekend!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 9, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Thank you Lily! Let me know how you like it.

  5. #
    Mike@TheIronYou posted March 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Oh wow Bianca, now that’s what I call a legit shot! ;)

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext posted March 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    These look divine! Loving Guinness recipes – they sound so great too!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Jess! Perfect for St. Paddy’s!

  7. #
    Daisy posted March 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    i swear, you get more creative each year with each season!! these are adorable.

  8. #
    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat posted March 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I had no idea what a baby guinness was until now! Thanks for teaching me something new today!

  9. #
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout posted March 9, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    These are so cute and festive :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thanks girl! Hope you try them sometime :)

  10. #
    Amy (Savory Moments) posted March 10, 2015 at 6:20 am

    These are such a cute idea and completely new to me! They sound really yummy, too.

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Amy! Once you try them you’ll understand why they’re my favorite :)

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    David @ Spiced posted March 10, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Hmmm…I can’t say that I’ve ever heard about Baby Guinness shots before. But they sound awesome! And the fact that you turned them into jello shots? Even better! I’m thinking I need to start my St. Patrick’s Day off with one of these…so creative!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Thanks David! I highly recommend trying these out :)

  12. #
    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter posted March 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    These Baby Guinness shots are so adorable! I’d be happy if I could try these too :) Love this idea!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Kelly! Let me know if you do get to try them!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted March 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    This is new to me but I want one! I did however, post a recipe with Guinness and it is black on the bottom and white on the top – love this stuff! Happy St. Patrick’s Day – I guess it’s big news in Boston – everybody’s favorite holiday!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Thanks, Tricia! Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is HUGE here :)

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    Meghan posted March 10, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I remember baby Guinness shots and you definitely made it even better! These are so cute! And Baileys pudding – I’m sold!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Thanks, Meghan! The Bailey’s pudding is key :)

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    Joanne posted March 11, 2015 at 7:38 am

    OMG…SO fun. I have to admit, I do love an Irish car bomb, but can only have one before I’m done. I’d be popping these jello shots like they’re candy, though!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

      I had more than my share during the photo shoot ;)

  16. #
    Lisa posted March 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

    These are so cute! They look great for any party! The chocolate float looks super yummy too! (:

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Thanks Lisa! The mini mason jars definitely add to the cuteness ;)

  17. #
    Zainab posted March 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Oh I had no idea what a baby guiness shot was. I want one … maybe two of them!!

  18. #
    Molly Galler posted March 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Only you could make this happen. These look awesome!

  19. #
    The Squishy Monster posted March 11, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Ah, these are so fun. I must make these for our next party!

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    grace posted March 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    your bailey’s pudding is a thing of genius! booze isn’t always my thing, but i’m certain i would like these! plus, they’re so stinkin’ cute. :)

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    Rachelle posted March 12, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Wow! I had no idea what to expect when I saw Baby Guinness Jello Shots. What a mind-blower! I love this. So festive and creative. Is it ok that I want one at 11:00 am?

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    Juliana posted March 13, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Always learning something new…I have never heard of Baby Guinness…it sure sound and look beautiful Bianca…I would love to try it!
    Hope you are enjoying your week :)

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