Staying on our side of the pond brings us to 1860s London, more precisely Brooks’s Club on St. James Street, where a dark, somber cocktail is created in mourning as Prince Albert had just passed away from Typhoid Fever.

Queen Victoria begins a lifetime of wearing black, and the rest of the country joins her in a demonstration of respect for her late husband, albeit in a different fashion.

The Black Velvet is still found in bars across the world, made by slowly pouring Guinness in a half-filled flute of champagne.

Recipe for ‘Black Velvet’

  • Half glass of Stout
  • Half glass of Champagne

Fill a champagne flute half-full with champagne. Top with stout. Stir it very gently.