Enjoy a Guinness for St Patrick’s Day – in dessert form!

Guinness sorbet is on the menu at a popular Scottish ice cream parlour this St Patrick’s Day.

With four cans of Guinness going into each five litre Napoli, stout lovers are in for a boozy treat at Mackie’s of Scotland’s 19.2 parlour in Aberdeen this month.

Pauline Macleod, new product development technologist, said: ‘We used a neutral base for the sorbet, so it really does taste like Guinness. Specifically the froth of the Guinness – only slightly sweeter.

‘The sorbet is very smooth – just like Guinness. We achieved this by making it at a lower temperature and freezing it for longer.’
Mackie’s 19.2 is a licensed parlour and so this new sorbet is only available to those aged 18 and older.

The luxury ice cream brand experimented with a few different recipes when creating the Irish-influenced dessert, playing with the quantities of Guinness and trying flavouring ice cream as well as sorbet.

Pauline added: ‘We found that, the ice cream masked the flavour too much, whereas a plain sorbet base really helped the Guinness notes stand out and gave a great mouth feel.

‘So often, flavoured treats don’t actually taste like the food that they’re based on – but we were keen for that not to be the case, so we used the real thing to achieve the true Guinness flavour. We’re delighted with the end result.’

The limited edition flavour is available on Sunday, St Patrick’s Day, until stocks last and parlour customers will be able to experiment with Guinness flavour combinations and make sundaes with the new napoli.

Yvette Harrison, parlour manager at 19.2, said: ‘We trialed the flavour for the first time last year and it was such a hit with parlour customers that we knew we had to bring it back.

‘Anyone who’s sad about missing out on trying the hit flavour last year should get themselves down to 19.2 while stocks last!’

Mackie’s 19.2 is no stranger to experimenting with flavours, having brought out a Brussels Sprout ice cream last Christmas and a Haggis and Marmalade ice cream for Burns Night.

The 19.2 team is 12 strong, and all staff members are on the real National Living Wage.

As well as a wide range of ice cream, 19.2 serves coffee from local Aberdeen-based Caber Coffee and features two centrepiece chocolate taps – one white and one milk – delivering Mackie’s own highest quality melted chocolate on demand for serving over its desserts.

Named 19.2, the parlour is located exactly 19.2 miles from the Mackie’s Westertown family farm, where it produces its renowned ice cream and chocolate ranges.