Trojan Horse Mixed Drink

Trojan Horse - mixing with stout beer
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 dozen (12 servings)

The Trojan horse is also called a Guinness and Coke, a name which tells you everything you need to mix it up. A popular summertime drink in the United Kingdom, it's a very simple recipe and a brilliant way to liven up the dark stout beer. In fact, many people who do not normally enjoy Guinness find that the Trojan horse is the only way they can drink "the black stuff."

Quite simply, the Trojan horse requires equal pours of Guinness Stout and Coke (any cola will do) in a pint glass. There's no trick to making it and you don't need to worry about creating layers as in the black and tan or other popular beer drinks. Pour (slowly) and drink... that's it! It's refreshing, flavorful, and easy, so there's no reason you shouldn't give it a try.


  • 6 ounces beer (Guinness Stout)
  • 6 ounces cola (Coke)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug, filling it halfway.

  3. Top with the cola.

  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • These are two very fizzy ingredients, so pour very slowly to reduce the foamy head and a potential overflow.
  • It's also a good idea to tilt the glass so the liquid you're pouring runs down the side rather than splashing directly in the middle.
  • There's no need to stir the drink as the cola's carbonation will do the mixing for you.
  • Make this drink even better by serving it in a frosty glass. Storing pints and mugs in the freezer door is a great way to ensure you always have a few on hand when needed.

Recipe Variations

  • Guinness is not the only beer that's mixed with cola and you can certainly pour another dry stout, such as Murphy's or Beamish.
  • In Germany and Poland, cola is often paired with a flavorful lager. Try this with popular Bavarian beer styles like Bock, Pilsner, Oktoberfest or Marzen, and Helles.
  • Various liquors are also added to the Trojan horse. It works best with smooth, dark flavors; popular options include a shot of amaretto, Tia Maria, or a black currant liqueur such as crème de cassis.
  • There's a drink called the Irish Black Russian, which melds the Trojan horse with the popular vodka cocktail. To make it, pour 1 ounce each of vodka and Tia Maria (the most common coffee liqueur used, though brands like Kahlua will work), 2 ounces of cola, and 3 ounces of Guinness into a pint glass.

How Strong Is a Trojan Horse?

Essentially, when mixing up a Trojan horse, you're simply cutting the stout's strength in half by diluting it with cola. Guinness varies slightly, but if you pour from a 4.2 percent ABV bottle, your Trojan horse will be 2.1 percent ABV.

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