How to Make a Smooth, Two-Ingredient Black Velvet Cocktail

Try the black velvet cocktail for a smooth, moody combo of stout beer and prosecco.

Updated January 31, 2024
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We love a simple beertail, and we definitely enjoy a prosecco cocktail. And sometimes, darn it, we want both. Hooray for the black velvet cocktail. It has beer, it has prosecco, and that's all it has. It's a surprisingly smooth and tasty sipper. 

Black Velvet Cocktail Recipe

Soften your stout with some fizzy prosecco with our simple black velvet drink recipe. It's so easy, you don't even need to stir (although you can if you want). 


  • 3½ ounces stout, preferably Guinness
  • 3½ ounces prosecco


In a highball glass, add stout and prosecco.

Black Velvet Cocktail Variations and Substitutions

There are plenty of ways to customize and change up the black velvet cocktail's flavor profile despite the simplicity of this drink.

  • Some recipes call for a splash to a quarter ounce of crème de cassis or crème de mure to be added. The crème de cassis adds a tart berry tone, while the crème de mure adds a jammy blackberry flavor.
  • Opt for a splash of raspberry liqueur for a sweeter berry flavor.
  • Explore different styles of prosecco, from those that have a drier flavor to those with sweeter notes, to see which profile you like best with your black velvet cocktail.
  • Swap the stout for a hard cider.

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Garnishes for the Black Velvet Drink

The black velvet has no garnish, but if you must have one, these will complete the look.

  • Top off the head of the cocktail with a small pinch of lemon zest or a small lemon ribbon or peel.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of grated nutmeg, hazelnut, or cinnamon.
  • Float a single mint leaf overtop of the drink.
  • Pierce a cocktail cherry with a skewer and rest it on the rim.
Need to Know

Cocktail lore tells that a bartender from the London Brooks's Club crafted the black velvet cocktail for mourners to imbibe while mourning the death of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert.

Black Velvet Is Always Elegantly Simple

It's never a bad thing to keep a few simple two-ingredient cocktails in your back pocket to prepare for any occasion. Hang up your gin and tonic or usual glass of prosecco for something a bit darker. Explore the world of the black velvet cocktail.

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How to Make a Smooth, Two-Ingredient Black Velvet Cocktail