Maybe Saint Patrick’s Day was yesterday, on the 17 of March, however, I thought that instead of wasting the chance and make just any wine cocktail, why not actually make one that combines wine and Irish beer? And that is exactly what I am going to do!
I introduce you the Guinness Black Velvet cocktail!
It is a tasteful combination of stout beer and white sparkling wine. Traditionally it is made with Champagne and Guinness is often the beer used for its preparation. But let me tell you bit about the cocktail before we move on to the recipe.
The Black Velvet cocktail was invented in 1861 in London, by the bartender of Brooks’s Club at the time. The country’s people were mourning for the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria‘s husband and the drink was created as a symbol of the black clothes of the mourners. Although, It was meant to be a drink of mourning, the cocktail came to be very popular and a classic one, due to it’s excellent taste.
So, now that you know more about the origins of our cocktail, let’s see how you can make one yourself…
- Guinness Beer
- White Sparkling Wine, chilled
Fill half of a chilled Champagne flute or a Highball glass with the chilled white sparkling wine. Pour slowly the Guinness beer on the back of a spoon so that it floats on top of the drink. The spoon should be held just above the drink’s surface. And your Guinness Black Velvet is ready to serve.
A pretty common alternative these days is to pour the ingredients in the glass in the opposite order. You may fill your glass slowly with the Guinness beer first, keeping the glass slightly to the side and then top up with the sparkling wine. You may also use a spoon to float with the wine if you wish or just simply pour it in.