I first discovered Chambord less than a year ago. I had no idea what it was at first, and I didn’t know how to drink it. It’s actually a black raspberry liqueur, and although it’s owned by the same company as Jack Daniel’s it was apparently created in France and inspired by King Louis XIV.
For a long time, I thought that liqueur was just this strange spirit in old bottles that my parents got as gifts but never used. Then I tried Chambord, after a friend recommended having it with coke. To be honest, it kind of just tasted like Cherry Coke, but it showed me how easy it really is to drink Chambord liqueur. Now, whenever I have a cocktail menu in my hands, I look out for this liqueur and I’ve come to realise that it’s often used with gin in some of my favourite concoctions. I bought my first Chambord bottle recently (distinctive with its round shape and golden cap) and started experimenting myself.
An alternative to Pimm’s
We all love Pimm’s; it’s light, fruity, refreshing, and synonymous with summer and good times – but sometimes it’s good to change it up, right? This cocktail is so easy to make and I’m sure that anyone who enjoys Pimm’s will like it. You can adjust the ingredients to make it sweeter, stronger, or lighter – I’m not going to tell you what to do! I even add some water to the mix because I find lemonade to be a little too sweet.
All you need is:
- A bit of Chambord
- A bit of gin (keep it in the freezer!)
- Some sparkling lemonade
- Ice cubes and raspberries to garnish (optional)
Better than champagne
Don’t get me wrong – I love champagne! It reminds me of all the best celebrations with friends and family. Believe me though, Chambord can make it better! It makes champagne a tiny bit sweeter, with a subtle taste of raspberry. For this one, I recommend adding a raspberry to each glass – your guests (and instagram followers) will love it. Serve with white chocolate coated strawberries and call it a Chambord Royale if you’re feeling really fancy.
All you need is:
- Champagne/prosecco/cava (I’m not fussy!)
- A bit of Chambord (I used the cap to measure the perfect quantity per glass)
- Raspberries to decorate
Do you ever drink liqueur?
Have you tried Chambord?