St. Paddy’s Day Drink Idea: Black Velvet



Ah St. Paddy’s Day is upon us again. Time to dress up in green, don the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirts, drink green beer til we pass out and can’t remember a thing the next day until we gape in horror at the pics on social media.

Well forget the green beer this Friday (as well as overdoing it). Instead, why not try a Black Velvet. What is it exactly? It’s a half alcoholic cider, half Guinness. Go to any British or Irish pub, and ask the barman for one, and you won’t be disappointed. What kind of cider should you get? I recommend Strongbow like the one in the photo. Strongbow is a British cider, which is not too sweet but rather tangy. But why a British drink when we are honoring an Irish saint? Well, believe it or not, but St. Patrick was actually British and was brought to the Emerald Isle by pirates. So as he was Irish with British roots, wouldn’t it be nice to have a drink with the same nationality mix? I think it would!

Don’t plan on hitting the pubs this St. Paddy’s Day? Not a problem! This drink can be enjoyed at home. Just follow these easy steps:

What you will need
– a tall can of Guinness
– a tall can of Strongbow or other cider
– a pint glass stored at room temperature
– a tablespoon

  1. Fill the glass halfway with cider, and allow the fizz to settle
  2. Hold the tablespoon over the glass, and pour the Guinness onto the spoon so it will cascade into the glass to be mixed with the cider. It is important to pour the Guinness slowly so it trickles into the glass. The idea is so that it does not directly mix with the cider, but rather it should sit on top of it.
  3. Allow the surge to settle, then serve.

As with pouring a regular pint of Guinness, you want to make sure there is a good head on top. The one I poured is rather mediocre. Ideally, you want the head to be an inch thick.

So give a Black Velvet a go this St Paddy’s Day, and as always enjoy responsibly.


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