We Love Guinness!
In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin at £45 per annum, and 10 years later shipped his first ales to Great Britain. The rest is history.
The biggest selling stout in the world, Guinness can be found in over 120 countries worldwide, annual sales coming to around 850 million litres. The UK is the only sovereign state to consume more Guinness than Ireland, with Nigeria third in the rankings, ahead of the USA in 4th place. It’s fair to say we love Guinness!
Nowadays of course there are a number of different brews in the Guinness portfolio, each with their own characteristics.
Mixologists have come up with some interesting Guinness combinations, the most recent of which is probably ‘The Badger’ – created by the staff of The Marine Boathouse in Skegness. Here are
a few suggestions:
Pour a bottle of Smirnoff Ice into a pint glass. Carefully top up with Guinness Extra Cold. The Guinness will float on top of the Smirnoff, creating a black on white ‘Badger’ look.
Put 500ml of pressed apple juice, 440ml of Guinness Stout, 1 cinnamon stick and a star anise into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer then take off the heat, remove the spices and serve. (Serves 4)
Guinness Black Russian
Put 25ml of Tia Maria, 25ml of vodka and 100ml of cola into a tall, ice filled glass. Swizzle gently to combine, then add 100ml of Guinness. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Put one shot of Crème de Cassis into a nice glass and top up with Guinness.
Guinness and Coke Shandy
Try it – you’ll be surprised!
Put 3 parts bourbon, 2 parts Guinness stout, 1 part rich simple sugar and a dash of bitters into a shaker. Mix and strain over ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange peel.
St. James’s Flip
Put 2 parts dark rum, 1 part sweet condensed milk, ½ a raw egg and 3 parts Guinness stout into a shaker, without ice. Mix. Add ice to shaker and shake again until smooth and frothy. Strain into goblets and garnish with grated nutmeg.
Good things come to those who wait…
The Perfect Pour is an essential part of serving Guinness, as is the use of Guinness branded glassware – which is specifically designed to bring out the best of every pint. Here’s how to do it:
It takes 119.5 seconds to pour and serve Guinness draught
Step 1 Take a cool, dry Guinness branded glass
Step 2 Hold the glass firmly at 45 degrees under the tap
Step 3 Pull the handle fully forward toward you, slowly straighten the glass as it fills
Step 4 Leave the surge to settle allowing the creamy head to form
Step 5 Top up the glass by pushing the tap handle away from you
Step 6 Present the perfect pint