Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream |

Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream

This post was originally published here February 13, 2015. I’ve since updated the text and photographs. I hope you give this “grown up” hot chocolate a try this season!

This Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream is a favorite recipe of mine (and yours!). But sadly, it’s been stuck in the archives for a while now. And it needed a glow-up.

So I traveled way back to 2015 and rescued it with some fresh photographs and text. The timing of which couldn’t be more perfect. Because this would be a great fun and flirty recipe to try out for Valentine’s Day!

And if you’re not into celebrating Valentine’s Day, then simply try it tonight! Because there is never a bad time for beer, chocolate and ice cream!

Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream |

There are a few frequently asked questions that I get on this recipe, so let’s just tackle them right here:

(1) Does this hot chocolate taste like beer? Yes! You’re going to start by reducing the beer to make it more concentrated. This will cook-off some of the alcohol, but keep and enhance all the delicious flavors!

(2) What kind of beer should I use? Use whatever stout you enjoy drinking. Guinness is a great choice and is easy to find. Other favorites of mine include Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout and Deschutes Obsidian Stout.

(3) Does the ice cream melt? Of course! And that’s what makes this hot chocolate so creamy and decadent. I like to add the ice cream to my mugs first, then slowly pour over the hot chocolate (similar to the way you would make an affogato).

Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream |

(4) Can I make this recipe dairy free? Yes. Dairy-free milks and ice creams have come a long way since I originally published this recipe in 2015. And I think many would work well here. But be aware that some stouts are brewed with added lactose, and thus wouldn’t technically be considered dairy free. So if you’re sensitive to dairy, please check the labels before you buy.

(5) Can I make and enjoy both mugs myself. Yes. And I highly recommend it!



Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream

Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream

At a Glance:
Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 12 ounces stout beer
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (60-70%), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream


  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the beer to a simmer. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the beer is reduced to about 3/4 cups. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. In a separate saucepan over medium heat, heat the milk until it just starts to simmer. Do not let it come to a full boil. Add the cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, sugar and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined and smooth. Then whisk in the reduced beer. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  3. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream into two large mugs. Pour the hot chocolate over the ice cream. Serve immediately. 

81 comments on “Stout Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream”

  1. Hot chocolate with Ice cream AND BEER?! I am want to be all up inside this cup of goodness! I don’t even know if I can wait until tomorrow…so i think Friday is a perfect day for beer 😉 Pinned!

  2. I can’t even. I mean, yum. This is such a great recipe, Liz. Pinned.

  3. Ice cream and hot chocolate?! Yes, please! Is it five o’clock yet because I seriously need one of these!

  4. Hot chocolate with beer?! Umm yes, please! And even better with ice cream! This is seriously amazing, Liz! I think my husband would love this!

  5. What a fun dessert! My husband would absolutely love this!

  6. Liz, how did I not know that putting ice cream in hot chocolate was a thing??!!! How have I never done this?!!! this is amazing and looks so good!!! and oh my gawd, want that chocolate stout beer, like now.

    • Right? We have a lot of years to make up for now. Going to be putting ice cream in every mug of hot chocolate from now on!

  7. This one has my husband’s name all over it! Off to get some stout 🙂

  8. Well slap me silly, I think I just found my flying-solo-on-Valentine’s-Day dessert! I love me some hot chocolate and ice cream and stout is my all-time favorite beer. Bring on that depth of flavor and cue up them singing angels, I’m getting frisky with all these fancy mugs!

  9. I’m with ya on the excitement!! This looks Ahhhhhmazing!! Pinned 🙂

  10. First of all, this post and the comments are hilarious! Second, I have put chocolate in my beer but never beer in my chocolate! And the ice cream? How could I not know about this?!?!?! This is on the menu tonight. There will be no waiting until tomorrow — unless it’s for round two! Cheers!

    • Oh I love the subtleties here: chocolate in beer being different than beer in chocolate! You are a true food and beer lover. I’m digging it! I hope you enjoy rounds 1 and two!

  11. This sounds absolutely amazing! Beer in hot chocolate? Mind blown! Hubby and I will be indulging in this delicacy over the weekend!

  12. Ok, I love this! I’m one of those brave gals who really likes Guiness, especially in the winter. It has such a great, cocoa flavor to it. I can imagine how great this hot cocoa is!

    • Yeah, Guiness would be awesome in here! I don’t really think you can go wrong! Let me know if you try it out, Natalie!

  13. I know someone that would LOVE a few of these for Valentine’s! Okay….it’s me. I would love them. 😉

  14. Well, this drink is gorgeous, and it sounds ABSOLUTELY delightful! Thanks for sharing this with us… I’m going to have to make it soon!

  15. I would never in a million years have thought of this, but you’ve made me want it sooooo bad!

  16. ICE CREAM, BEER and chocolate? Hhahah this is just amazing! That’s all!

  17. What a brilliant idea, love the addition of stout beer and ice cream! Need to try this very soon! Pinned and shared! Have a great weekend!

  18. This is my kind of dessert! Beer & ice cream – I’m in!

  19. Ummm how have I gone MY WHOLE LIFE without putting alcohol and ice cream into hot chocolate!? I feel like I’ve been deprived. Must get this into my belly!!

    • I know. We have been totally deprived. Got some time to make up for girl, so get going! I had another mug last night!

  20. Hot chocolate and beer?! This is such a brilliant idea, Liz — stout and chocolate are so great together, but I never would’ve thought to make hot chocolate out of the combo! Pinned.:)

  21. Love love love this post! I agree – nothing sexier than hot chocolate and ice cream. Pinned!

  22. Okay, Liz. I would have told you had I known…. I had no freaking clue this existed!! I’m living under a rock or something over here… OMG! So, I’m not a beer drinker (I know, I know), but I think I could handle it with chocolate and ice cream!? I mean, why not, right? Rob would love this!! Thanks Liz!

  23. Ok, I can see why you’re so excited, this recipe sounds amazing!

  24. YES to everything about this. Beer with chocolate and ice cream?! I need it.

  25. Beer in hot chocolate, I’m SO down with this! Plus, the pictures alone are killing me, gorgeous!

  26. Ummmm, yea, so no one told me ice cream and hot chocolate should be together either. Looks amazing. And oh my gosh, a splash of stout. Just stop. Too many good things going on here!

  27. Oh my gosh, I can’t handle this either! Looks soooooo delicious! I want to dive in head first. 😛


  29. Ok you are seriously speaking straight to my heart! Ice Cream, Hot Chocolate, BEER?! omg omg omg pinning immediately!

  30. Whoa whoa! Beer in hot chocolate??? Why have I never tried this before? Sounds awesome and totally something my husband would be down with!

  31. Oh my this look so good! xo

  32. This hot chocolate looks amazing! This is such a cool cominbation

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  35. This recipe has my husband’s name written all over it!

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  38. does the alcohol cook out of the beer?

    • Hi Christina. Some of the alcohol will likely cook out. But I can’t guarantee it will be all gone. So if you’re serving this to someone who is sensitive to alcohol, you might want to just skip the beer. You could add a little more milk instead.

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  42. Honestly, I was skeptical. Then I made it and it was soooo good! Perfect proportions Liz, I made this at a party and everyone was coming back to seconds. Cheers!

  43. I know this is an old post, but I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black. I saw this on the cocktails Facebook group!

  44. Ummm where has this been in my life?! Perfection!

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