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Black Velvet Cocktail

Black Velvet Guinness Cocktail
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Chef notes

There’re more options to toast St. Patrick’s Day than green beer and Irish coffee. If you’re seeking a sip that won’t turn your mouth green or keep you up all night, the Black Velvet cocktail is the perfect pour.

This cocktail only requires two ingredients; Champagne and Ireland’s most famous stout- Guinness.  It looks like black velvet and feels just as decadent to sip. The key to this cocktail is the correct assembly: just like any time you pour either Champagne or Guinness on their own, you need patience. Watching these pours settle into their glass is part of the enjoyment. So no shaking, stirring or swirling required. Just pour slowly and enjoy.


  • 3 ounces Brut Champagne, chilled
  • 3 ounces Guinness Stout, chilled


In a champagne flute*, pour the chilled Champagne. Slowly top with the chilled Guinness. Enjoy!

*You may need to adjust your amounts to fit your glass. The key is to combine equal portions of Champagne and Guinness.