Black Velvet

It used to be that the world was divided into two distinct categories — those that politely sipped champagne and those who guzzled beer. But now there is a cocktail that combines the urbane sophistication of the bubbly with the sheer enjoyment of a good hearty stout.

And please don’t judge this cocktail by the list of it’s ingredients, for the taste far surpasses the oxymoronic sum of its parts. Try it and see.


  • Tall beer glass (chilled)
  • spoon


  • ½ Guinness stout
  • ½ Champagne


  1. Fill glass halfway with Guinness.
  2. Pour champagne over an upturned spoon to float it on top of the Guinness.
  3. Sip and enjoy.

What you should know

Legend has it that this drink was created by the bartender of a London club to mourn the passing of Prince Albert in 1861.

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