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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.
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
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!
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How to Enjoy Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
On the rocks
- 50 ml Chambord (2 shots)
- handful of ice cubes
- 25 ml Chambord (1 shot)
- 125 ml Prosecco
- 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.