The Black Velvet was invented in 1861 at the Brooks’ Club in London. Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, had just died and the bartender wanted to invent a drink that would commemorate his passing. The layers are reminiscent of the armbands that the mourners wore as the cortege moved through the streets of the city.
This is a very popular St. Patrick’s Day drink, even though it isn’t green, because the recipe calls for Guinness – Ireland’s national drink. The Black Velvet is also enjoyed in pubs across the country on any other given day of the year, though served mixed in a pint glass. We’re going to show you how to make a Black Velvet drink in a slightly more refined way.
There’s really no substitute for the Guinness. This dry stout has been coming out of Ireland for over 250 years and is now brewed in over 50 different countries. If you want to save your champagne for a special occasion, you can make a perfectly acceptable Black Velvet with any other sparkling white wine.
You can also make a “Poor Man’s Black Velvet” by substituting Cider for the Champagne.
Here’s what you need:
- Fill two-thirds of a champagne flute with Champagne.
- Gently pour Guinness into the remaining third. Pour over the back of a spoon to direct the liquid down the sides of the glass and avoid blending the layers.
- Champagne flute
- Cocktail spoon