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Black Velvet

A mixture of Guinness and Champagne; in the proportions of two-thirds to one-third. This drink became a traditional accompaniment to Oysters during the early 20th century. It was probably invented in 1861 at the London gentleman's club Brook's. This supposedly occurred when the barman put the Champagne into mourning by adding Guinness. It is rumoured to have become one of the favourite drinks of the German 'Iron Chancellor' Otto von Bismark. Purists have condemned the drink as a contamination of two excellent drinks.

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