What is Chambord?
You’ve probably seen this squat, round bottle of liqueur around and asked yourself what is that and what do people do with it?
Chambord like most things in France is named after a small village surrounding a large Chateau in the countryside where the liqueur is made. First, they take black and red raspberries and let them soak in French spirits for a few weeks until the fruit is removed and pressed to release all the velvety juice. This base is then blended with black raspberry extract, French Cognac, Madagascan vanilla, orange peel and a few herbs.
As far as what you can do with it there are a lot of possibilities! First off, it’s sweet and syrupy but well balanced enough that you can enjoy it solo or simply pour a little over ice cream. But here a few fun cocktail options as well…
Chambord and Champagne – Pour a ¼ ounce of Chambord into a champagne flute and then fill the glass with your choice of Champagne (or Prosecco just make sure it’s dry) and then drop a few raspberries into the glass to add a little more depth of flavor (and looks really cool!).
Chambord Beer Royale – Take 12 ounces of beer, wheat beers and Belgium sours work best, and add 1 and ½ ounces of Chambord and enjoy!
Also, don’t forget to add some Chambord to red wine when making a Sangria. The blend of fruit and Cognac makes Chambord a wonderful replacement for brandy!