As a rule, most liqueurs are so syrup-thick and sweet that you wouldn't want to sip them straight up or even over ice. But always there are exceptions to the rule, and Chambord rates high at the top of these anomalies.
Chambord, a lovely if not luscious black raspberry liqueur made in France with XO cognac, is your go-to light liqueur that works well not only for cocktails, but also because of its mild berry flavor and rich red color it makes an elegant addition to your bar for any time of the year.
Those old French myths hold that Chambord was produced for French royalty to commemorate their visits to the Loire Valley in the 17th century. While that may or may not be true, it's still a romantic story to accompany such a romantic drink.
My favorite Chambord cocktail works splendidly with champagne. But with its notes of blackberries, raspberries, black currants and vanilla, it pairs well in cocktails layered with bourbon, gin and vodka.
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1/4 ounce Chambord
Korbel California Champagne
Pour Chambord into a flute glass. Top up with champagne, then garnish with two or three ripe raspberries.