Recipe: Black Velvet


  • 1 part Guinness Stout
  • 1 part chilled champagne (preferably Taittinger)

Add the Guinness to a pint glass, and pour the champagne on top.

This drink recipe comes from Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever.  In the novel, Bond offers to buy Bill Tanner lunch at Scotts, where they will have “dressed crab and a pint of black velvet.” A Black Velvet consists of equal amounts of Guinness Stout and champagne. The drink supposedly originated in London’s Brooks Club in 1861, created on the occasion of Prince Albert’s death. This is also the first time that the literary Bond has a brew.


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