Out with the old and in with the new! The New year is a time of reflection of the year gone by, mixed with the anticipation of new beginnings…and a black velvet cocktail is an exact mixture of the roasted bitter flavors of Guinness stout with the crisp fruity notes of champagne. Surely, a black velvet symbolizes the mix of the old and the new, the bitter and the sweetness of life coming together and we drink to that, eh?!!
The cocktail itself was created in 1861 in the Brooks Club in London by a bartender to mourn the death of Prince Albert and it is said that the cocktail symbolizes the black or purple cloth armbands worn by mourners. Another more honest explanation though about its creation was that the Guinness was hiding the fact that mourners were drinking champagne after the funeral!!! Well, whatever the actual creation of Black Velvet as far as I am concerned, with a drink this good I need no further explanation!
The perfect Irish inspired cocktail to bring in the new year…Happy New Year Everyone!
- one part Guinness (extra stout)
- one part Champagne (well chilled)
How to make it:
1. Fill half a Champagne flute glass with Guinness
2. Slowly top off each glass with chilled champagne
Happy Black Velvet New Year!
Judith the Irish foodie