St. Patrick's Day Recipe: The 2-Ingredient Black Velvet Cocktail

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St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with all things green, including beer and cocktails. This cocktail however, skips the green food coloring and celebrates with the most recognized Irish stout in the world: Guinness. What better mate to pair it with than champagne? I mean, we're celebrating after all!

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The Black Velvet cocktail is all about the pour. First you pour your bubbly into the glass. Then slowly pour your Guinness on top.

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While some recipes call for a stir to combine, I find the champagne and Guinness mix just fine on their own with a bit of patience. It's beautiful to watch the two mingle.

After thirty seconds your drink will look just like black velvet. The rich and creamy stout still maintains its full body in this sip, but the bubbly adds a nice clean finish. It's the perfect cocktail to celebrate St. Patrick's Day — no green food coloring required. So pour up a Black Velvet and toast to your Irish pals this weekend. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Black Velvet Cocktail

Serves 1

4 ounces Brut champagne, chilled
4 ounces Guinness stout, chilled

In a tall glass, pour the chilled Champagne. Slowly top with the chilled Guinness. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you are using a pint glass, you will need to up your amounts to 6 ounces of each the Guinness and Champagne. If you choose to serve this in a Champagne flute you will need to decrease the amounts to 3 ounces of each to fit your drinking vessel.

Per serving, based on 1 servings. (% daily value)
7 g (2.3%)
1.1 g
0.6 g (1.2%)
10.2 mg (0.4%)

(Image credits: Maureen Petrosky)