Prince Albert’s Demise Inspired The Black Velvet Cocktail

In The Imbibery and Distillery by Christine McKellar

(VOE extends our  condolences to Queen Elizabeth and the royal family on the loss of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  I unearthed this old post of  several years ago as it seems somewhat relevant but is certainly not intended to be irreverent. May the stalwart Prince rest in peace. He was Her Majesty’s strength, stay and soul mate. What an amazing life he led by her side. Perhaps an ingenious, devoted bartender will conjure up a cocktail to commemorate Philip’s life of service to his queen and his country.


Not to be irreverent but we’ve all heard the joke about Prince Albert in a can. When the Prince Consort to Queen Victoria ended up in a casket in 1861 the story goes that the bartender at Brook’s Club in London was so despondent over the royal’s death he demanded that even the champagne should be put to mourning: he proceeded to mix it with Guinness Black Stout.

The combination proved to be so delicious that the Black Velvet is one of the more popular of the ‘mixed beer’ cocktails flooding the market today. Queen Victoria mourned the death of her German Prince and the father of her nine children until the day she died. Tis only fitting his memory should be honored in pubs and taverns everywhere. Cheer, mates!



1 half-flute champagne

1 half-flute Guinness Extra Stout



Pour the Guinness Extra Stout into a chilled champagne flute.

Slowly fill to the top with the bubbly being careful not to over fill.

Raise the flute in a toast and enjoy!