Luck O’ the Irish Guinness Caramel Sauce

“Are you going for a pint?” Much more romantic that the American pick up version, “wanna get a drink?” especially when said with a charming Irish brogue. It’s been a while since my trip to the Irish isle, but that saying still reverberates through my mind every time I pop open a frosty barley glass of Guinness. When I saw this recipe on the Culinary School of the Rockies website, I just had to give it a try. The earthy bitter taste of the Guinness is a perfect complement to the sweetness of home made caramel. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

Luck O' the Irish Guinness Caramel Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine Irish
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 15 oz Guinness beer
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp butter chilled and diced
  • dash of salt


  1. Simmer Guinness and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat for about 40 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture thickens, whisk in the butter and salt.
  3. Serve over vanilla bean ice cream or chocolate cake.

Recipe Notes

"I have made an important discovery…that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effects of intoxication."
- Oscar Wilde, In Conversation

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