Black Velvet Cocktail Recipe
Intricate cocktails have their time and place—ideally when you’re in no hurry, seated at a bar, and someone else is doing the work. But sometimes you just want a simple drink that you can construct quickly with minimal ingredients. Your repertoire is probably stocked with a few easy favorites already, like the Gin & Tonic. But two-ingredient drinks run the gamut from spirit-and-mixer sips to less-boozy drinks like the Mimosa that combine orange juice with Champagne. Then there’s the Black Velvet, a merger of Guinness beer and sparkling wine that works better than its chief components might suggest.
The Black Velvet has been around for a while. It was supposedly created in 1861 at Brooks’s Club in London (itself dating back to 1764) to honor the passing of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. The dark beer added a somber note to the usually festive Champagne.
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Nutrition: 85 Calories
- Guinness beer, chilled
- Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled, to top
- Fill a highball glass halfway with chilled Guinness.
- Top with chilled Champagne, pouring it over the back of a spoon into the glass.
Category: Drinks | Cuisine: Cocktails