How to Make a Black Velvet

by Billy Broas

The black and tan gets all the credit, but black velvets are just as good. Try this beer cocktail when you’re looking for something new.

Instructions for Pouring a Black Velvet


  • Bottle of champagne (If you’re a bum like me, Andre is only $5).
  • Can of bottle or Guinness
  • Bent spoon
  • Pint Glass (a champagne glass is also common)


  • Pour Champagne into glass about halfway to slightly more than halfway.
  • Slowly pour the Guinness over the back of the bent spoon so it tickles onto the champagne.
  • Once the Guinness has settled on top and formed a separate layer, drink it!

Have you ever made a black velvet?┬áLove Andre?┬áLet’s hear about it.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike - April 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

Ah I am actually more accustomed to what is called a poor man’s Black Velvet. I enjoy it with cider as opposed to champagne. It’s what I get a lot at Irish or English pubs.
.-= Mike –´s last blog ..Stone/21st Amendment/Firestone Walker El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale =-.


Billy Broas April 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

@MIke Yea I’ve seen the poor man’s black velvet too (although my version is pretty poor). I’m sure cider mixes well also. Thanks for the comment.

To everyone – there are a bunch of variations with this drink, even in the pouring technique. Some people float the champagne on top of the stout and some even mix them both together when pouring. The idea is really that they eventually mix no matter what, and it leads to a great taste.


Jimmie the Mum April 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Thanks Billy, I’ll give that a try soon..


Uncle Steve April 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Billy, First I need to convince Aunt Wynne as to why I need to bend one of our spoons. I see its all in the technique. Well done. I am off to get some Guiness. I have some champagne. THANKS.


Alexander M. Batishchev November 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Also want to note that I’m a much more fan of so called Poor Man’s BV. Especially with Perry (aka Pear Cider)


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