Pure Black Velvet Float

Turn this iconic drink into a dessert with ice cream.

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The inspiration for this drink is the “Black Velvet,” traditionally made by mixing equal parts stout and Champagne. Legend says it was invented in 1861 at The Brooks Club in London to mimic the black armband worn by mourners following the death of Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria. It became popular with English settlers in western Canada and the northwest American territories, especially in the Seattle region.

To create a good drink recipe, you need to understand how to work with complimentary as well as contrasting flavors. It took me a few tries to find the perfect combination, but I ended up with something I call “Pure Black Velvet,” a smooth amalgamation of three inherently bitter ingredients that work together to mellow each other out.

It’s this simple: For each float, pour one part cold Pure Black to two parts cold Guinness into a chilled jumbo-sized glass. Then add a big scoop of dark chocolate gelato. Swirl and drink.

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