Black velvet

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Black Velvet Cocktail

The black velvet is a cocktail made from Guinness stout beer and a white, sparkling wine, traditionally champagne.

A black velvet is made by filling a tall flute glass halfway full of chilled Guinness, and floating the sparkling wine on top of the Guinness; the differing densities of the liquids causes them to remain in separate layers.

In place of Champagne, apple hard cider or perry is sometimes used, in which case the Guinness is floated on top of the cider or perry. This cocktail is known as a Poor man's black velvet.

Whatever the top layer is, the effect is best achieved if it is poured over a spoon turned upside down over the top of the glass, so it runs down the sides rather than mixing.

A similar effect is achieved by mixing Guinness and a light-colored beer in the black and tan cocktail.

According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, the Black Velvet was the favorite drink of Otto von Bismarck.

See also: list of cocktails