Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Black Velvet Cocktail

The Black Velvet Cocktail

This delightful mix of Guinness and Champagne is perfect for St. Pat’s

Sometimes a cocktail’s name really captures it.

The Black Velvet is soft, smooth, and well . . . velvety. Guinness adds dark richness to the sparkle of champagne. 

So forget the green beer. This St Patrick’s Day, make it brew and bubbles.



The Black Velvet Cocktail

Recipe: The Black Velvet Cocktail

The classic version of this drink calls for equal measures of champagne and Guinness stout. But you can alter that ratio if you wish (see Notes).

You can serve this cocktail in a Collins (tall) glass, as many drinkers do. We prefer a champagne flute. A beer tankard or pilsner glass would work too.

This recipe takes about 5 minutes to make, and serves one.

Ingredients
  • chilled Guinness stout (may substitute another brand of stout)
  • chilled brut champagne (or other dry sparkling wine)
Procedure
  1. Pour Guinness into a champagne flute or Collins glass until the glass is about half full. Then add enough champagne to fill the glass.
  2. Stir gently with a long-handled spoon or swizzle stick to combine. Serve and enjoy.
The Black Velvet Cocktail

Notes
  • We like to use a 1:1 ratio of Guinness to champagne, but some people think that’s too much stout. If you’re one of them, try a ratio of 1:2, 1:3, or even 1:4.
  • You can substitute another stout for Guinness, but why would you want to? Guinness is good stuff. Plus, on St. Patrick’s Day, drinking anything other than Guinness is probably illegal.
  • We don’t recommend using expensive champagne in this drink. You can, of course, and it would be wonderful. But Guinness will overpower the delicate flavor notes of fine champagne, so you’d be wasting your money. We generally use an inexpensive sparkling wine, like a cava from Spain, when we make this drink.
  • Some versions of this cocktail use sparkling cider instead of champagne. We haven’t tried that, but it sounds interesting.
  • This drink is a bit like a Half and Half (that popular mix of Guinness and ale or lager). But in the Black Velvet, of course, champagne replaces the ale.
  • So how did the Black Velvet originate? Legend says the drink was invented to commemorate Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, on his death in 1861. (The color of the drink was supposed to mimic the black armbands typically worn by mourners.) It may have originated at Brooks’s, a fashionable gentleman’s club in London.
     
The Black Velvet Cocktail
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all our peeps

Prince Albert in a Can

“So that story about the origins of the Black Velvet,” said Mrs Kitchen Riffs. “Is it true?”

“No one is really sure,” I said. “Cocktail history can be a bit murky.”

“Not surprising,” said Mrs K R. “Since those who record it have had a few.”

“After a couple cans of Guinness, I feel like a prince among men,” I said.

“The gentlemen at Brooks’s may have been royally flushed,” said Mrs K R.

“And we know what imbibing can do to memories,” I said.

“In theory, of course,” said Mrs K R. “Not firsthand.”

That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.

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64 comments:

  1. I guess there are people who would find this a waste of champagne. And also those who would find it a waste of Guinness. But it sounds very interesting.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae, this is an excellent drink! Who knew Guinness and champagne played so well together? But they do. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  2. I never had anything like it. My son likes Guinness and I like champagne. The next time we are drinking champagne and Guinness, I will try it . Prost

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    1. Hi Gerlinde, it's an interesting combo. I have some doubts about this one, but it works. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Wow! John....my husband would go for this! What an interesting combo, I am not a fan of Guinness (or any beer for that matter) but mixed with the champagne, I'm in! Thanks, and have a great St. Pat's Day! ��

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    1. Hi Pat, Mrs KR really isn't a fan of beer either, but she likes this. It's really a fun drink! Thanks for the comment.

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  4. I'll take this over green beer any day--champagne is my favorite cocktail ingredient!

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    1. Hi Kelsie, champagne is one of Mrs KR's favorite ingredients, too. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  5. I always find it funny when people describe foods/drinks as velvety, because all I can think of is the material used for clothing, LOL! I have never had anything "velvety" clearly!

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    1. Hi GiGi, what, you've never had "velveted" chicken in a Chinese restaurant? :-) Although I've often thought it an odd term too, food-wise. Thanks for the comment.

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  6. I’m not a beer drinker but I actually happen to like Guinness a lot. I am so excited to try this! I never would have thought to mix the two together.

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    1. Hi Ashley, it does seem a strange mix, but it really works! Thanks for the comment.

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  7. wow I have never seen anything this beautiful! Wish I could have a sip! Well done, John.

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    1. Hi Angie, you'd want more than a sip, trust me. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  8. This might be the only way I'll drink beer! What an interesting history for such an unusual drink!

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    1. Hi Laura, we like Guinness, but this takes it up another notch. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  9. What an interesting cocktail! Many of the Guinness lovers I know are not champagne drinkers and vice versa. This cocktail could possible change both sides. :) It's absolutely lovely and perfect for an Irish celebration.

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    1. Hi MJ, bet this would indeed change both sides. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  10. I'm not sure I have ever seen champagne combined with Guinness, but I love the flavor contrast between the two.

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    1. Hi Laura, sounds like a weird combo, but it's really good. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  11. *smile* Have never been a 'cocktail girl' - too short and usually too sweet for me - but Black Velvets: now you are talking . . . in a big beer glass . . . just heavenly . . . love Guinness . . . delightfully British . . .

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    1. Hi Eha, Guinness is wonderful! Love its flavor. And it's terrific when mixed with champagne. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  12. Why haven't I heard of this drink? There is something about the word velvet that just makes me want to sidle up close to this one!

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    1. Hi Abbe, you should definitely sidle up to this! It's sidle-able. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  13. oh boy, this looks so much better than green beer :) I never would have guessed to combine these two drinks, gotta try it

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    1. Hi Dahn, bet you'll like it! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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    1. Hi Natalia, tasty, too. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  15. That is really unique! Need to give this a try soon. I bet this cocktail has a very rich but refreshing finish. That photo is absolutely stunning!!!

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    1. Hi Bobbi, this definitely has BIG flavor. :-) Really good -- we do recommend it. Thanks for the comment.

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  16. if you order a black velvet in a bar in my city you'll get a pint of half apple cider and half Guinness. I like this fancy version!

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    1. Hi Evelyne, the apple cider version is pretty popular, but we definitely prefer the champagne version. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  17. I cannot even imagine how this tastes. I love beer, including Guinnes, and I like Champagne. So does my husband. We will definitely try this. . .Rocquie

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    1. Hi Rocquie, you'll like this -- sounds a bit weird, but it's really, really good. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  18. John, I've never gotten around to trying a Black Velvet. Think I'll pick up an inexpensive sparkler and a Guinness and try out the various ratios!

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    1. Hi Jean, very important to try all the ratios. Research, you know. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  19. I've had the cider version under a different name (cannot seem to remember the name however). GREG

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    1. Hi Greg, I've seen that drink called the Poor Man's Black Velvet, but don't know if that is the official name. Thanks for the comment.

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  20. I DO love the name! What a perfectly elegant cocktail for St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Hi Liz, neat name, wonderful drink. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  21. I'm not a beer drinker and will never (ever) drink a green beer. That said, I LOVE champagne and have cooked with Guinnes and love the flavor of it. So.... I'm thinking this might be my into the world of beer. And yes, excellent name! Can't wait to give it a go.

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    1. Hi Valentina, bet you'll like this -- really fun flavor. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  22. That is one sexy drink, sir! Cheers!

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    1. Hi David, awfully good, too. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  23. When it comes to this cocktail, you're a real Guinness. Sorry I couldn't resist.
    A new one for me, that for sure. A must try libation.

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    1. Hi Ron, :D Good one! And this drink is a good one. Thanks for the comment.

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  24. Wow! I've never heard of this. It sounds easy enough to try!

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    1. Hi Jeff, you definitely should try this -- SO good. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  25. I’m not really a guinness drinker but this does look very beautiful! And you can’t go wrong with champagne �� cheers sherry

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    1. Hi Sherry, Mrs KR is always telling me we can't go wrong with champagne. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  26. Love the back story for this cocktail! Coincidentally, we just finished the most recent season of "Victoria", which ends with Prince Albert collapsing on the floor, a foreshadowing of his death, which I assume we'll see in the next season. Nice way to remember him by...

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    1. Hi Frank, this drink is indeed a great way to remember Prince Albert. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  27. I would make this just for the name alone! LOL Who knew beer and Champagne could combine for something so dazzlng!

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    1. Hi Carolyn, great name, huh? And great flavor! Thanks for the comment.

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  28. Oh John, this is so simple and refreshing...great idea fo the upcoming St. Patrick's Day.
    I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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    1. Hi Juliana, sometimes the simplest drinks are the best! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  29. Like you say, perfect of St. Paddy's day! I little of this goes a long way, I'm sure. At least it looks more imbibable than green beer!

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    1. Hi Debra, we're WAY past our green beer days! This is now more our speed. :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  30. This is how I want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day from now on! Can't wait to give this a try.

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    1. Hi Lisa, bet you'll love this! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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  31. Oh my! Your photos are always great but this one is spectacular.

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    1. Hi Karen, (blush!) Thanks for that kind comment. :-)

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    1. Hi Taruna, it is, isn't it? :-) Thanks for the comment.

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