Savory and Flavorful: Indulge in Irish Black Velvet

Have you ever heard of the Black Velvet? The luxurious and velvety cocktail is made by combining equal parts of champagne or sparkling wine with stout beer, most often Guinness. It’s creamy, fizzy, sweet, and bitter all at once. If you’re not familiar with it yet, you’re in for a treat.

The Black Velvet is an iconic drink that originated in London in 1861, shortly after Prince Albert passed away. The story goes that a bartender at a local pub invented the cocktail as a sign of mourning, using the then-popular porter beer and champagne to create a black and white drink reminiscent of mourning garb. It was an instant hit and soon became popular all over England.

Today, the Black Velvet lives on as a classic cocktail that can be enjoyed on any occasion, from happy hour to Sunday brunch to dinner parties. It’s incredibly easy to make with only two ingredients, making it accessible even for those who may not consider themselves mixologists.

In this recipe article, I’m going to share my take on the Black Velvet, which I call the Irish Black Velvet. I like to add a little twist by using chocolate Guinness cake mix for added depth of flavor and activated charcoal for an extra kick of drama. Trust me; once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Black Velvet
Irish Black Velvet

If you’re a fan of indulging in rich and flavorful cocktails, then the Irish Black Velvet is a drink that will surely capture your taste buds. The drink is known for its distinctive color and satisfyingly smooth texture.

The drink is an equal combination of Guinness, a dark stout beer that imparts its bold and bitter taste, and sparkling wine or champagne, which provides a fizzy and vibrant touch to the drink. The mix of the two creates a unique black velvet hue, which gives the cocktail its name.

One of the things that make this drink so appealing is its versatility. It works well both as an after-dinner drink or a party drink since it’s smooth enough to sip slowly and lively enough to keep you entertained throughout the night. Since it’s so easy to prepare, you can make this cocktail without worrying about taking too much of your time.

Another reason why people love this drink is that it blends the best parts of beer and champagne. This beautiful blend of two different drinks harbors delicious flavors from both drinks in every sip so that you get to enjoy the perfect harmony between stout beer’s bitterness and champagne’s sweetness.

Moreover, if you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate any occasion or complement a rich meal such as chocolate Guinness cake precisely, this cocktail is perfect for our palate. If you’re interested in trying something new in addition to birthday cake with activated charcoal or replaced car chocolate mix while elevating your vibe for the day, then this velvety smooth black velvet beer cocktail recipe is not one you want to miss.

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll love this recipe – from its elegant color to its balanced flavor profile. So why not give it a try your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Raising a glass of the bubbly black goodness!
Raising a glass of the bubbly black goodness!

Ingredients for Irish Black Velvet Cocktail:

  • Guinness stout beer: This beer is an iconic ingredient for the classic Irish Black Velvet cocktail. It gives a strong and rich flavor to the drink.

  • Champagne or sparkling wine: For the mix, choose a dry and light-colored bubbles like champagne or sparkling wine.

  • Activated charcoal (optional): Activated charcoal is an optional ingredient that can be added to give the drink its characteristic black color.

Ingredients for Chocolate Guinness cake (optional):

  • Chocolate cake mix

  • Guinness stout beer

Ingredient Notes:

  • Any stout beer can be used as a substitute for Guiness.
  • If you don’t have activated charcoal, the drink can still be made without it.
  • For Chocolate Guinness cake, simply follow instructions on the cake mix, and replace some or all of the liquid with Guinness beer.

The Recipe How-To

 Don't wait for a special occasion to enjoy this delicious cocktail!
Don’t wait for a special occasion to enjoy this delicious cocktail!

Let’s get started on the Irish Black Velvet Cocktail, an elegant and sophisticated drink suitable for any occasion. This recipe is perfect for those who love a beer cocktail with a touch of bubbly. The combination of Guinness beer and Champagne or sparkling wine creates a unique and smooth taste that will delight your taste buds.


You will need the following ingredients to make this cocktail:

  • 1 part of Guinness beer
  • 1 part of Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Ice


  1. Begin by chilling the Champagne or sparkling wine in the fridge for a minimum of one hour.

  2. Fill a shaker or cocktail mixing glass with ice.

  3. Pour 1 part Guinness beer into the shaker on top of the ice.

  4. Carefully pour 1 part Champagne or sparkling wine on top of the Guinness.

  5. Give it a gentle stir with a bar spoon, being careful not to create too much foam.

  6. Strain into a chilled flute glass or pint glass, whichever you prefer.

  7. Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious drink!

This recipe serves about 2 pints of Irish Black Velvet Cocktail and can be easily adjusted depending on how many guests you are serving.

If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a slice of lime, lemon, or even a sprig of rosemary to complement the flavors in this velvet drink excellently. Cheers!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect blend of champagne and Guinness.
The perfect blend of champagne and Guinness.

The Irish black velvet cocktail recipe is a classic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up a bit. Here are some substitutions and variations you might want to try.

1. Swap out the champagne or sparkling wine for cider or prosecco. This will give the cocktail a slightly sweeter taste.

2. If you’re not a fan of stout beer, try using a porter instead. You can also experiment with different types of beer, such as IPAs or wheat beers.

3. For a twist on the classic black velvet cocktail, try adding some activated charcoal to the Guinness. This will add an interesting visual element to the drink and give it a unique flavor profile.

4. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making a chocolate Guinness cake mix and adding it to the cocktail. This will give the drink a rich, chocolatey flavor that’s perfect for dessert.

5. For a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail, substitute the beer and champagne with ginger ale and lemonade. You can also add some fresh mint leaves for an extra burst of flavor.

Remember, these substitutions and variations are just suggestions – feel free to get creative and come up with your own unique twists on this classic cocktail recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 A twist on the classic champagne cocktail!
A twist on the classic champagne cocktail!

Now that you’ve created this amazing Irish Black Velvet cocktail, it’s time to enjoy it! This drink is best served in a classic coupe glass or a champagne flute. The tall shape and narrow rim of the glass prevent the bubbles from escaping too quickly, allowing you to savor the tasty combination.

The richness of the stout and the effervescence of the champagne make this drink a great pairing for many dishes. Try serving it alongside a slice of chocolate Guinness cake for an extra decadent treat. The deep chocolate notes in the cake perfectly complement the rich, malt flavor of the black velvet.

If you’re planning on making a meal to complement this cocktail, I’d recommend keeping it simple – this drink is already packed with bold flavors. A classic British dish like bangers and mash, or a hearty Shepherd’s Pie, would be delicious and satisfying meal options that won’t overpower your taste buds.

If you prefer something on the lighter side, pair your black velvet with some light finger foods like stuffed mushrooms or cheese straws. These delicate appetizers won’t detract from the flavor profile of your cocktail while still providing some enjoyable eats.

Whatever you decide to serve with it, make sure everything is well-chilled; keeping everything ice-cold will keep the flavors bright and refreshing. Cheers to good times and good drinks!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take a sip and feel the luck of the Irish!
Take a sip and feel the luck of the Irish!

As a busy chef, I understand the importance of being able to prepare ahead and store food conveniently, without sacrificing on taste or quality. The Irish Black Velvet Cocktail, as a beer and champagne-based drink, has different requirements for make-ahead preparations, storage, and reheating – depending on personal preference and specific ingredients used.

If you are planning to make black velvet cocktails for a party, it’s best to have all your ingredients chilled before mixing. Once you have made the cocktail, you can store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a few hours (up to 6 hours). If you’re making the cocktail ahead of time or anticipate leftovers, it’s advisable to store both the Guinness stout and sparkling wine separately from the black velvets, so as not to alter its balance or flavor profile.

When reheating this beverage is not necessary due to its chilled nature. However, if you’d like to warm up the cocktail a little bit after refrigerating it, you can pour it back into a shaker with ice before shaking. For a richer experience you can also add chocolate into the cake mix or use activated charcoal for an extra smokiness that pairs perfectly with its dark beer base.

In summary, when making an Irish Black Velvet Cocktail ahead of time, always chill your ingredients beforehand, store the cocktail in an air-tight container and avoid storing it for more than 6 hours. To reheat it (optional), shake with ice; finally, for a truly unique flavor experience try adding chocolate or activated charcoal. Calmly sip away while enjoying lazy Sunday afternoon vibes—or pretend you happen to be sloshing around on a yacht decked out in designer logos—due to its luxurious velvet-like quality in flavor and frothy appearance.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A drink fit for a king or queen!
A drink fit for a king or queen!

There are a few tips to follow to ensure a perfect Black Velvet cocktail every time. Here are some essential recommendations to consider when making this drink.

First, the Guinness and champagne should be chilled before mixing. A colder temperature will create better carbonation in the cocktail, which is essential for its distinctive flavor and texture.

Second, when pouring the champagne on top of the Guinness, it’s crucial to do so slowly and carefully to prevent an overflow of foam. The proper way is to tilt the glass at a 45-degree angle and pour the sparkling wine slowly over the back of a spoon to create an even layer on top.

Third, use high-quality ingredients. You can choose any champagne or stout beer you like, but it’s best to pick those with a full flavor. Note that substituting ingredients will affect the taste and body of your cocktail.

Another tip worth mentioning is cleaning your glassware thoroughly before using them. Any residue or dirt could alter the flavor and presentation of your drink.

Finally, don’t hesitate to experiment with variations of Black Velvet cocktail recipes by adding different liqueurs or fruits according to your preference. However, this classic recipe has stood the test of time for good reason, so make sure you try it first before embarking on any modifications.

By following these tips, you’re well on your way to creating an excellent Black Velvet Cocktail every time.


Before spilling the beans in this exciting FAQ section, let me give you a quick word about the Irish Black Velvet Recipe that we are going to be discussing here. The delightful blend of champagne stout and Guinness black beer come together to create a cocktail that’s as smooth as velvet, hence the name- the Black Velvet Cocktail. In this section, I’ll be answering some commonly asked questions about this recipe that will help you ace it the first time around.

What is the ratio for Black Velvet?

For those who want a stronger Champagne flavor, you can adjust the black velvet recipe by pouring two parts Champagne and one part stout. To do this, visually divide your glass into three equal parts and fill it up with the Champagne up to the first line. Then, carefully add the stout until it reaches the top of your glass. This will give your black velvet a more Champagne-heavy taste without sacrificing the rich, dark hues of stout.

What is a good mix for Black Velvet?

When it comes to enjoying a pint of Guinness, there are a few variations you can try to add a bit of flare. One common method is to top off your pint with some Champagne, but for those who prefer something different, hard cider can also be a tasty option. It’s worth experimenting with both to see which one tickles your taste buds the most.

What kind of cider do you use for Black Velvet?

For this recipe, we will be using a half-pint of medium dry apple cider and a half-pint of stout beer. You can also measure it out to approximately 236 milliliters or 8 fluid ounces.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Irish Black Velvet recipe is an excellent choice for those who appreciate the unique flavors of beer and champagne combined. The equal parts of stout and sparkling wine create a balanced, full-bodied cocktail that’s perfect for any occasion.

For those who are interested in experimenting with this recipe, there are plenty of variations and substitutions you can make to suit your taste preferences. Whether it’s substituting the Guinness Stout with a different dark beer or using a different kind of sparkling wine, feel free to get creative and make the Irish Black Velvet your own.

Additionally, this recipe is perfect for parties and gatherings as it can easily be made-ahead and stored in the fridge until ready to serve. The more it sits, the better it tastes, so don’t be afraid to make a large batch for your next event.

Overall, this classic cocktail recipe is easy to make, delicious and versatile. It’s the perfect way to elevate your next event or enjoy a cozy night in. So go ahead and give this Irish Black Velvet recipe a try – I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Irish Black Velvet

Irish Black Velvet Recipe

This recipe has been submitted for play in ZWT8 - Ireland. Found at www.ireland The name sounds wonderful doesn't it? Reminds me of something warm, rich and smooth. Often the best tasting recipes have few ingredients, this certainly qualifies.
Course Beverage
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Punch
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 Quart
Calories 2878.8kcal


  • 1/2 quart Guinness stout
  • 1/2 quart champagne


  • Combine Guinness and champagne in a tall very chilled glass, stir gently and serve.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 6268g | Calories: 2878.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 218.1g | Protein: 27g | Sodium: 255.4mg | Sugar: 4.5g

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