Chambord | Black Raspberry Liqueur

Chambord is a purple red French liqueur made with blackberries, raspberries, Madagascan vanilla and Moroccan citrus peel, in a base of French XO Cognac.
Chambord and Prosecco
Chambord in a shot glass
Chambord

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What is Chambord?

Chambord is one sexy drink; just look at the bottle and the colour of the drink. It is a beautiful purple-red French liqueur made with blackberries, raspberries, Madagascan vanilla and Moroccan citrus peel, in a base of French XO Cognac.

Apparently, it was inspired by a black raspberry liqueur that was made for King Louis the XIV on his visit to Chateau Chambord in the Loire Valley.

Chambord Royale, red cocktail in champagne flute
Chambord Royale, perfect for celebrations and festive occasions

What does Chambord taste like?

Chambord is a true delight to sip and mix in cocktails. Its nose is a complex combination of raspberry, honey, orange and vanilla, reflecting its ingredients. It is a touch sweet with hints of tartness.

At 16.5%ABV, it is perfect in cocktails but also a delight sipped on its own. If, like me, you like ’em sweet.

How to Drink It?

  • It is delicious on ice, and sipped ever so slowly, so one can appreciate all the multitude of flavours and aroma.
  • But it is also the “girly” ingredient in a cocktail, like the Chambord Royale (above) and the very easy Halloween cocktail Witch’s Brew, below.
  • Chambord is great for ‘dressing up” prosecco, or any sparkling wine, much in the same vein as  The  Royale. See the recipe card, below.

Chambord and Prosecco

Chambord and Prosecco
Chambord and Prosecco, a classy cocktail

How to Serve Chambord

Any which way you like, in any glass you fancy, depending on when. You can serve it:

  • as an aperitif (pre dinner drink) – with prosecco, champagne, any white wine.
  • for cocktail hour. Depending on the drink, this can be in a whisky glass, in a cocktail glass, white wine glass or flute
  • during dinner – make a large amount in a jug with some prosecco, some raspberries and lots of ice. Or go half prosecco, half sparkling water. Or the Witch’s Brew is also perfect, served in a jug.

Now, let’s get our aprons on!

Witch's Brew, Easy Halloween Cocktail
Witch’s Brew, Easy Halloween Cocktail

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Chambord and Prosecco

How to Enjoy Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

Chambord is a purple red French liqueur made with blackberries, raspberries, Madagascan vanilla and Moroccan citrus peel, in a base of French XO Cognac.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: French
Keyword: alcohol
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor

Ingredients

On the rocks

  • 50 ml Chambord (2 shots)
  • handful of ice cubes

With Prosecco

  • 25 ml Chambord (1 shot)
  • 125 ml Prosecco

Instructions

  • Leave the ice cubes to melt slightly, to release the aromas of the drink. Then sip slowly!

Chambord with Prosecco

  • Just pour the chambord in a tall glass of your choice, wine glass or champagne flute.
  • Top up with prosecco. You can increase the amount of either drink, to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 133mg | Sugar: 26g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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8 thoughts on “Chambord | Black Raspberry Liqueur”

  1. James Booth

    Cheers, good article, learnt a lot from this. Now off to make your halloween cocktail. Trial run, lol!

  2. Claire Gooding

    Thanks for this write up. I love Chambord, but you don’ get much in a bottle. Is there an alternative liqueur I can use if I’m making a big batch of your Witch’s Brew?

    1. Hi Claire, thanks for your comment. Crème de cassis is a really good alternative here. In fact, I was toying between the two, and went for Chambord because it is more subtle and it has a more sophisticated flavour.
      You could also look for any other berry liqueurs for this cocktail.

  3. Great write up, thank you! Yours is the first site to make sense about the whole black raspberry issue!

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