Black Magic Guinness Cocktail – the perfect drink to toast with on St Patrick’s Day.
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I have been so productive today I feel I owe myself a drink. And since it is St Patrick’s Day that drink ought to be Guinness, right? Right.
But to a cocktail lover a can of Guinness draught is just an excuse for a little experimentation.
Of course they are a couple of very well known Guinness cocktails. If you are a fan of Champagne you could toast with a Black Velvet – Guinness and Champagne served in a flute glass.
A Black and Tan is another popular drink made by layering Guinness on top of beer. The Irish might not take kindly to you ordering one though and you should certainly also give the Irish Car Bomb a miss!
GUINNESS BLACK MAGIC COCKTAIL
This year you can get a bit more experimental, and less offensive, by give giving my Guinness Black Magic cocktail a go!
This bewitching cocktail combines bourbon, lime juice, blackberries and Guinness draught. It sounds like an unlikely combination but, trust me, it’s delicious! Sláinte!
STEP 1 Add the blackberries, bourbon, grenadine and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the blackberries with a mudding spoon or the back of a rolling pin.
STEP 2 Half fill the shaker with ice and shake hard for 30 seconds then pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir in the Guinness and garnish with blackberries threaded onto a cocktail stick.
More St Patrick’s Day recipes
- Irish beef stew
- Guinness Black Magic Cake with ermine frosting and whiskey caramel
- Baileys White Russian
- Baileys Irish cream chocolate mousse
Guinness Black Magic Cocktail
- 120 ml (½ cup) Guinness draught
- 4 tbsp bourbon
- 2 tsp grenadine or sugar syrup
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 5 fresh blackberries & extra to garnish
- lime wedges to garnish
- Add the blackberries, bourbon, grenadine and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the blackberries with a mudding spoon or the back of a rolling pin.
- Half fill the shaker with ice and shake hard for 30 seconds.
- Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir in the Guinness and garnish with a lime wedge and a couple of blackberries threaded on a toothpick.
I love your glasses that you used for this. Where did you get them?
Lucy Parissi says
I have an endless collection of vintage glasses I use as props. I can’t 100% recall where I got these (they could even be from IKEA). Amazon has some close matches tho
I tried this as per the recipe, and it’s a great starting point but I felt lacked depth. I tried it again replacing the grenadine with crème de mure (blackberry liqueur) and not adding quite so much lime juice, but instead just a twist as a garnish. The blackberry liqueur really rounds out the flavour, enhancing the muddled blackberries and darkness of the Guinness, and pulling back on the lime mellows some of the sharpness I felt was in the original recipe. To make a longer drink I think it works well to add dandelion and burdock (or lemonade for something lighter), equal parts with the Guinness. All-in-all thanks so much for the recipe, I wouldn’t have tried such an odd mix off my own bat!
Victor Steele says
Did you think of replacing the syrup and muddled berries with blackberry brandy (liqueur)?
Lucy Parissi says
You can try that if you like, I didn’t have any at the time
Little Sunny Kitchen says
Sounds wonderful and the photos are amazing!
Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says
I'm not a huge fan of Guinness but I always feel I should drink it on St Patrick's Day – mixing it into a cocktail is the perfect solution and this sounds wonderful! Also your productive day makes me feel very UNproductive haha, feel like I haven't stopped all day but I haven't achieved anywhere near that much!
Lucy, having three yummy and very different recipes to sample and shot is my idea of heaven, too. I admit that I am not a big Guinness or stout fan but you might just convince me with this as I DO like a cocktail or two. Consider me intrigued. 🙂