Wake Up Call, A Dessert Irish Whisky Cocktail

Published ~ March 8th, 2021 | Updated ~ March 29th, 2021
Author ~ Carl Busch
Tags ~ Coffee Liqueur | Irish Cream | Creme de Cacao |

Since I work at a brewery, I've been itching to try some beer cocktail recipes. I've tried a few in the past, and I do enjoy the well-made ones.

So, I figured St. Paddy's day would be the perfect occasion to try making one at home the first time. I'm not sure if there's a holiday that celebrates beer and liquor as much as this one does. At least in the United States, anyway.

I knew Guinness Extra Stout would be my beer of choice. Because, well, it's Guinness.

Yes, there are some fantastic red ales, but a stout just sounded better this time of year. It's warmed up a little, but we're not quite into spring yet.

Wake Up Call Cocktail Recipe


  • 1/2 oz Creme de cacao
  • 1 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Irish Cream
  • 2 oz Guinness


  1. Combine ingredients into a tin
  2. Shake with ice for 15 seconds
  3. Strain into glass
  4. Grate nutmeg on top

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After 10 minutes of google searches, I decided to make a dessert-based cocktail. A stout is always a great alternative to food or a spirit after dinner.

I stumbled upon the kegworks website with four different Guinness recipes, where I found Wake Up Call. 2 things got me excited about this cocktail.

  1. We had all the ingredients, and I didn't have to run back out to the store.
  2. Adding a coffee liqueur with creme de cacao sounds incredible with a stout.

So I followed the recipe as instructed and was a little nervous to shake the beer in the tin. I was sure it would explode all over the place and leave a big mess. Luckily it did not.

My first reaction to taking a drink was almost as if it was a beer milkshake. It was rich and sweet, just like you would hope.

After trying a few more sips, though, I've decided it needs a few tweaks to match my palate.

I think adding an entire egg would really elevate this drink and give it a creamy smooth finish. I will let you know what I find out!!

Give this original recipe a try. Let us know how you like it or if you think adding an egg would improve the cocktail.

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