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Black Velvet

Glass of black velvet cocktail made from a combination of stout and champagne

Let me tell you about this delicious drink called the Black Velvet. It’s a unique blend that tastes great and looks elegant. Even though there are only two ingredients, they work like magic when combined. People adore it for its distinct flavor, smooth texture, and stylish appearance. After hearing all about it, I promise you’ll want to give it a try.

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Tasting Notes

The Black Velvet is a mix of rich, creamy stout beer and the bubbly, light taste of champagne. When you take a sip, first you get the deep, full flavor of the stout, then the champagne comes in and lifts it up with a touch of sweetness and fizz. It’s a drink that feels both luxurious and comforting at the same time.

Equipment and Glassware

To make The Black Velvet, you don’t need a lot of fancy tools. Just a spoon and a measuring cup will do the trick. For serving, you’ll want a champagne flute. This tall, slender glass makes the drink look really elegant and helps mix the flavors just right as you sip.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz stout beer
  • 4 oz champagne

That’s it! Two simple ingredients for a fantastic drink.

Instructions

  1. Pour the stout beer into the champagne flute until it’s about half full.
  2. Carefully float the champagne on top of the stout by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon. This makes the cool layers.
  3. No stirring needed! Just serve it as is for that beautiful layered effect.

Pro Tips

  • Pour the champagne slowly to keep the layers separate. It looks awesome!
  • Use a chilled glass for an extra refreshing drink.
  • If you want a softer taste, adjust the ratio. More champagne for a lighter drink, more stout for a richer flavor.
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When to Serve

The Black Velvet is perfect for celebrations or when you want something special. It’s great for toasting at parties, on New Year’s Eve, or anytime you feel like treating yourself to something fancy without the fuss.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the stout, Guinness is a classic choice because it’s creamy and rich. For the champagne, go for something dry and not too sweet, like Brut. These brands work great together in this drink.

Similar Cocktails

If you like The Black Velvet, here are five other drinks you might enjoy:

  1. Mimosa – Champagne and orange juice for a citrus twist.
  2. Irish Coffee – Coffee with whiskey and cream, for a warm treat.
  3. Bellini – Champagne and peach puree, sweet and bubbly.
  4. Irish Mule – A twist on the traditional Moscow Mule.
  5. Espresso Martini – Coffee, vodka, and coffee liqueur, for a buzz.

History

The Black Velvet was created in London back in 1861 as a way to mourn the death of Prince Albert. The mix of dark stout and light champagne represented the blend of sadness and celebration, making it a drink with a lot of history behind it.

There you have it, everything you need to know about The Black Velvet. It’s a classy, tasty drink that’s sure to impress. Give it a try, and cheers to a good time.

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Glass of black velvet cocktail made from a combination of stout and champagne

Black Velvet

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Beer Cocktails
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Black Velvet
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Experience the classic Black Velvet cocktail, a unique combination of stout and champagne. A luxurious drink that's perfect for special occasions.

Instructions

  • Pour the stout beer into the champagne flute until it's about half full.
  • Carefully float the champagne on top of the stout by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon. This makes the cool layers.
  • No stirring needed! Just serve it as is for that beautiful layered effect.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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