New Years Recipe: Black Velvet

While I would like to think that everyone is a spirits lover, I know this is not true, so searching and testing long and hard, let’s make sure the beer lovers in our groups don’t get left behind at New Years. This is a new one for me, a beer based cocktail, that has the maltiness that many love mixed with the bubbly of a celebratory drink. In a way, this Black Velvet recipe brings a refreshing note to an otherwise dark beer, and is so incredibly simple to make.

From GUINNESS: This famous drink was invented in 1861 at Brook’s Club in London. Prince Albert had died, everyone was in mourning. The story goes that the steward at the club, overcome with the emotion of the occasion, ordered that even the champagne should be put into mourning and proceeded to mix it with GUINNESS®. The taste was so delicious the Black Velvet quickly became extremely popular.


  • 1/2 flute of Champagne (Again, we recommend a Korbel Brute)
  • 1/2 flue GUINNESS® Extra Stout


Simplicity is key, but so is patience.  You don’t want to pour too fast or too much.  Pour the GUINNESS® Extra Stout into a clean/polished champagne flute. Top up the glass with the champagne, being careful to ensure there is no overspill. The GUINNESS® Black Velvet should have a good dark colour with a frothy head, resembling a Pint of GUINNESS®.

Special thanks to GUINNESS for submitting their recipe to share with you all.