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Few drinks are easier to make. It's smooth as black velvet.
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- 100ml stout, such as Guinness
- 100ml brut sparkling wine
MethodPrep:2min ›Ready in:2min
- Fill a tall glass half full of stout, then top with sparkling wine. Stir gently.
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I made a small one of these cuz my hubby did not want to sacrifice his beloved Guinness to an untried recipe. I don't like Guinness, so this freshened it up. He likes Guinness and he thought it lightened the taste too much for him. Thanks so much for sharing-15 Mar 2012
Black Velvet Recipe
Let's get this weekend started right. Here's a cocktail from Paul Clarke to kick things off. Need more than one? That kinda week, eh? Here you go. Cheers!
Before anybody nabs me on it, I confess: it's not really a cocktail—and by that I mean there's not a single drop of liquor in the glass. That's okay, because there's plenty of excitement going on in this drink so the harder stuff will never be missed.
The Black Velvet's name perfectly describes the experience and sensation of drinking one: thick, rich, luxurious, decadent and probably a little bit dangerous. I was apprehensive the first time I came across the recipe, but I was quickly won over: the drink marries the stout's ferrous tang with the dry, fruity crispness of Champagne, and makes itself all the more drinkable by cutting the beer's robust richness with all those manic bubbles.
Some people might recoil at the idea of mixing Guinness with Champagne ignore them, they know not what they're missing. For beer, it must be Guinness, but for the wine, most anything sparkling will do as long as it's dry. And while the Black Velvet is great as an evening refresher, I've found it also works well as an off-the-beaten-path brunch drink.
Thought to have originated in 1861 at Brook's Club, London although some credit the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland. What is certain is that this drink was created at the time when Britain was mourning the death of HRH Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.
The Black Velvet is often served to commemorate Saint Patrick's Day but is more fittingly served on 14th December as this is the day Prince Albert died of typhoid fever in 1861. Devastated, the Queen wore black for the rest of her life so this drink's shrouding of champagne is most appropriate.
In his 1948 Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David A. Embury writes of this drink, "I was first introduced to Black Velvet at the home of a very dear friend of mine in Montreal and I received one of the greatest of all the drinking surprises of my whole life. The combination of champagne and stout sounds terrifying - something like molasses and horseradish. Actually, it's excellent. The champagne cuts the heavy, syrupy consistency of the stout, and the stout takes the sharp, tart edge off the champagne. Each is the perfect complement of the other. Be sure, however, that you use (a) a good bottle of stout, (b) an extra-dry champagne - preferably a brut or nature."
There are approximately 357 calories in one serving of Black Velvet.
Black Velvet Cocktail
This St. Patrick’s Day, I think it’s time to bring out the classy cocktails. It’s easy to associate the non-classy ones with this holiday. I’m all for Irish Car Bombs, green beer and mint chocolate martinis when the time is right. Last year I even made Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jell-O Shots. But when St. Paddy’s falls mid-week, it’s not a bad idea to go a little lighter.
So this year, I’d like to introduce you to the Black Velvet Cocktail. This black beauty is a strong, smooth blend of champagne and stout beer. You could use traditional Irish Guinness beer, or you could opt for a coffee or chocolate stout. (I did!) Served in a champagne flute, this cocktail has all the poise of a champagne cocktail with a touch of the luck of Irish luck. Sláinte! // susannah
The official origins of the cocktail are traced back to December 1861, the year of the death of the British Prince Consort Albert – the late husband of Queen Victoria. The Queen was so deeply affected by his death that she wore black for the rest of her life and mourned him deeply.
Following the funeral ceremony the mood reflected the dark, sorrowful state the Queen was in and a bartender at the Brooks’s Club in London decided that the Champagne should be in mourning too and added stout to it to color it black.
The drink became so popular in the ensuing years that there are records of recipe cards advising how whole pitchers should be mixed to achieve the black and smooth mixture known as Black Velvet. Pitchers and glasses were to be very well chilled and two bottles of stout added to every bottle of Champagne.
Black Velvet Stout
You might still wonder that what to mix with black velvet. To be honest, there are varieties of options that you have to choose from. In this recipe, we will be using Stout beer along with the Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Whiskey. Let’s find how it tastes like.
Directions for Preparation Step by Step:
Get a tall narrow glass. Pour in 3-quart of Stout beer.
Now, top the glass with the Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Whiskey. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Celebrate the New Year with Black Velvet Cocktails
Out with the old and in with the new! The New year is a time of reflection of the year gone by, mixed with the anticipation of new beginnings…and a black velvet cocktail is an exact mixture of the roasted bitter flavors of Guinness stout with the crisp fruity notes of champagne. Surely, a black velvet symbolizes the mix of the old and the new, the bitter and the sweetness of life coming together and we drink to that, eh.
The cocktail itself was created in 1861 in the Brooks Club in London by a bartender to mourn the death of Prince Albert and it is said that the cocktail symbolizes the black or purple cloth armbands worn by mourners. Another more honest explanation though about its creation was that the Guinness was hiding the fact that mourners were drinking champagne after the funeral. Well, w hatever the actual creation of Black Velvet as far as I am concerned, with a drink this good I need no further explanation!
The perfect Irish inspired cocktail to bring in the new year…Happy New Year Everyone!
Half-fill a Collins glass with stout and top up slowly with champagne. Stir gently with glass or plastic rod.
The Wondrich Take:
London: Brookes's Club, Sunday, December 15, 1861.
What's the poxy little blighter's name again? Aghh, no matter.
"Here, barman! A pint of 'the boy!'"
Champagne, only thing for a head like this.
Mustn't drink punch, worst thing. o thank god, almost here. Steady on, man, don't spill it -- but why the "that's simply not done, sir" air? Black velvet band on his arm. look, old Brinsley over there, he's got the same.
"Have you not heard, sir? It is the Prince, the Queen's Consort -- last night, of a fever, they say."
O christ no, can't be seen drinking bloody champagne. Still, only thing, head like this. Never cared much for the fellow anyway -- Prince Albert. Bit of a prig. Poor bloody queen, though, mad for him.
"I suppose champagne really won't do, will it?"
"Can't you put a bit of that black velvet around the bloody glass or something?"
"If I might be permitted to suggest, sir, a portion of black Irish stout added to the wine will effectively darken its colour."
"It is as Shakespeare says, sir: 'coal-black is better than another hue, in that it scorns to bear another hue.'"
"Anything, man, can't you see I'm damn' desperate." Look at that, black as a Newcastle collier. Easy now, drink it down. damned tasty, actually. Bollocks, here's Flashman, £400 of mine in his pocket, the blackguard -- mustn't drink punch at the tables, musn't, mustn't, mustn't.
"Hulloa, Calverton -- what, haven't you heard? Where's your black velvet?"
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Guinness’ classic black velvet cocktail recipe
This famous drink was invented in 1861 at Brook’s Club in London. Prince Albert had died, everyone was in mourning.
The story goes that the steward at the club, overcome with the emotion of the occasion, ordered that even the champagne should be put into mourning and proceeded to mix it with Guinness. The taste was so delicious, the Black Velvet quickly became extremely popular.
Guinness black velvet cocktail recipe
Pour the Guinness Extra Stout into a clean/polished champagne flute. Top up the glass with the champagne, being careful to ensure there is no overspill. The Guinness Black Velvet should have a good dark color with a frothy head, resembling a Pint of Guinness.
Check out this video of Justin O'Connor, Executive Chef at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, to see how to make a Guinness black and velvet like a pro!
* Originally published in 2015. Updated in June 2021.
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Black Velvet Cocktail
Ahhhh Guinness how I love you so! The smooth flavor of Guinness mixed with Prosecco or Champagne makes a decadent concoction. The Black Velvet Cocktail.
The Black Velvet Cocktail is an iconic Irish drink made from one of the world’s most famous stout beers. It’s dark molasses color with its silky smooth flavor and mesmerizing bubbles that form a frothy head after a pour, one can see why this stout is so popular.
Not only is this cocktail delicious and smooth but super simple to prepare.
Pour Guinness into a champagne flute about half way
Top off the glass with Prosecco or Champagne
The story goes that this iconic drink was created in 1861 at the Brook’s Club in London. Prince Albert had just died and the country was in mourning. Overcome with emotion the steward of the club stated that even the champagne should be in mourning and proceeded to mix it with Guinness.
This Black Velvet Cocktail is perfect for sipping even if you are not in mourning.
Looking for other great recipes to make with Guinness try my recipes for Guinness Stout Brownies, Guinness Irish Stew or Guinness Irish Soda Bread.
Pour the Guinness into a clean champagne flute about half way. Top off the glass with Prosecco or Champagne being careful that there is no overspill.
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