A classic black velvet cocktail, which is believed to have been first concocted at the esteemed Brook's Club in London in 1861, combines the rich and velvety Guinness stout with the effervescence of champagne.

The story goes that the Black Velvet cocktail was created in 1861 as a tribute to the recently deceased Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's beloved husband. The prince's passing had cast a somber mood across the nation, and the members of Brook's Club sought a way to commemorate his memory.

Legend has it that the steward of Brook's Club, overcome by grief, mixed a drink that represented the juxtaposition of mourning and celebration. He combined equal parts of Guinness stout, known for its rich and dark complexion, with chilled champagne, symbolizing the effervescence of life. This unique concoction was named the Black Velvet, as its appearance resembled the black fabric often worn during periods of mourning.

The Black Velvet cocktail soon gained popularity beyond the walls of Brook's Club. Word of its intriguing combination and tasteful elegance spread rapidly, capturing the attention of London's high society. As more and more individuals sought to recreate the drink's captivating allure, it transcended its origins and became an iconic cocktail enjoyed at various social gatherings.

Today, Guinness describes the cocktail as: "A curiously silky, velvety drink where the effervescence and dry biscuit notes of sparkling wine provide a curious coupling with Guinness Original, served in a Champagne flute for a touch of decadence."

Guinness black velvet cocktail recipe

Serves 1


  • 1/2 Flute Champagne
  • 1/2 Flute Guinness Extra Stout


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 color with a frothy head, resembling a pint of Guinness.

* Originally published in 2015. Updated in June 2023.