Happy St Patrick's Day!

Posted on: 17 March 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Five things to do with a can of Guinness…

We’re painting the town green today with these great Irish recipes, cocktails and activities fit for a St Patrick's Day celebration. Famed for fun, food and good old fashioned Irish craic, 17th march is a celebration of Ireland's patron saint and with that in mind we’ve put together our top five things to do with a can of Guinness!

Beef and Guinness pieAntony Worrall Thompson has given us this great recipe for beef and Guinness pie!

Beef and Guinness pie
Serves 4-6

1.5 kg steak, cut in 3-4cm pieces
40g or 1 and1/2 oz of seasoned flour
55g /2oz dripping or lard
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons sea salt
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon soft thyme leaves
7 cloves garlic, peeled
125/4 oz soft dark muscovado sugar

1 tablespoon good olive oil
25g/1oz unsalted butter
2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
6 sage leaves, finely chopped
18 stoned prunes
1 x 440ml can Guinness
1 block shop bought puff pastry
2 egg yolks for glazing

  • Brown the meat all over in hot dripping, remove and set aside to cool
  • In a food processor blend together the pepper, salt, oregano, thyme, garlic and sugar until you have a fine paste. If it appears too dry add a little water.
  • Coat the beef all over with the paste, cover and refrigerate overnight, (ideally!) turning the meat from time to time.
  • Preheat oven to 150C/Gas mark 2. In a heavy casserole dish heat the butter and oil until foaming, add the onions and fry them until they take on a little colour. Sprinkle with the flour and stir to combine.
  • To the same casserole, add the beef and any remaining marinade.
  • Add the sage, prunes and Guinness, stir to combine bring to the boil, cover and place in the oven for 2 ½ -3 hours. Remove from the oven.
  • Place the mixture in a pie dish then cover with puff pastry, egg glaze, decorate according to your liking, egg glaze again. Alternatively share between individual pie dishes.
  • Bake in a 180C/Gas mark 4 oven for 40-50 minutes until pastry is cooked and filling is hot.
  • Serve with mash and your favourite green vegetable.

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Black Velvet

This classic cocktail may sound a little odd but is really delicious…




Half fill a champagne glass with Guinness and then pour the champagne over the back of a spoon (this avoids the liquids mixing) and serve.

Poor man’s Black Velvet

If you like the idea but don’t fancy splashing out on champagne then try this cheaper alternative, which is equally (and scarily) as tasty!




Pour half a pint of cider into a pint glass
Top up the pint with Guinness (poured at a 45 degree angle) and enjoy
Warning; this is a lot stronger than it tastes!

Attempt a Guinness world record!

There’s literally endless possibilities when it comes to world records, could you beat this?

  • Peter Dowdeswell of the United Kingdom drank a pint of Guinness in 2.1 seconds on the 24th of April 2001 at the Millwall Football Club, he holds the record of the fastest time to drink a pint of stout.

To find more bizarre records, click here (it makes for a very interesting read).

Get a free pint of Guinness for a mate

On the friendliest day of the year, Guinness have decided to get all sentimental. Head to their facebook page and pledge a good deed on their interactive application. Once your pledge has been added you’ll receive a buy one get one free voucher for Guinness, meaning you can treat your mate to a free pint on Paddy’s day!

While we're talking about making friends, did you know you could import your friends from facebook on to 50connect?

Which of our Guinness suggestions will you be getting involved in?

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