I was debating on not putting this in the Brews category, since its not a review or a home brew. But its (mostly) about beer and that’s all that really matters.
Deanna Raybourn, the author of a VF book I finished reading earlier this month, informed the book club via twitter that she enjoyed a drink called Black Velvet while writing said book. I had heard the term Black Velvet before, but didn’t know exactly what it was, and assumed it was some mixed drink with Guinness.
I was right. (Go me!) According to the author, Black Velvet is comprised of Guinness and Champagne. I thought it sounded interesting and wanted to give it a try. I remembered that I had a bottle of Champagne in my liquor cabinet that one of my friends gave me. (It was from her sister’s wedding and she had several bottles left over.) So, when I went shopping for groceries this week I made sure to pick up a 6-pack of Guinness.
Last night I opened the sparkling wine… wait… what? Sparkling wine. I guessed that it was close enough to Champagne and shrugged it off. I poured the Guinness and sparkling wine in a 1:1 ratio, let the fizz settle, and took a sip. It was sweet. Too sweet. Almost verging on crazy sweet.
I turned to the bottle of sparkling wine and gave it a swig. It was carbonated grape juice (not even the good bubbles). It was not the sophisticated, dry, tiny bubble champagne I had been expecting. I let Alex have the rest of the so called wine and i poured more Guinness into my drink.
Lesson learned: Its hard to make a good drink with a bad ingredient. (The Guinness was great.)