Chambord is a star in the modern bar and the premium black raspberry liqueur is used in many of our favorite cocktails. Its sweet, fruity taste and deep purple color make it an excellent addition to a variety of drinks, including the popular French Martini.
About Chambord Liqueur
Chambord is an all-natural black raspberry liqueur produced in the Loire Valley, south of Paris, France. It is rich, lush and sweet, made with raspberries and blackberries in a cognac and French spirits base.
This is not an inexpensive liqueur and it is in the top ranks of premium spirits. Chambord is considered a necessary luxury for any well-stocked bar. Though it does have cheaper competitors in the raspberry liqueur category, few can beat the high-end quality that comes in the distinct bottle with a high-class French design.
Chambord's bottle design does warrant mentioning because it is stunning and unique. It resembles a squat, yet elegant, globe and is adorned with a golden lid.
In some designs, the bottle is crowned with gold filigree along the neck that stretches down to a gold band which proudly displays the brand name. The simpler design uses a more modern band with a sleek type face that is bold as well. Either way, this is a bottle that you will want to show off in your bar!
Chambord is the elegant, purple star of a number of popular cocktails, including many of the "martinis" adorning today's drink menus.
It is used both for its sweet raspberry taste as well as that deep, royal purple color and the cocktails made with Chambord are as stunning to look at as they are enjoyable to drink.
All of these attributes combine to make Chambord a regular in the bar and a favorite among bartenders and drinkers. When a cocktail calls for a raspberry liqueur, Chambord is almost always the first choice.
While there is a great variety of cocktails that use raspberry liqueur where Chambord is an ideal fit, there are a few that call out the brand specifically.
Chambord's elegance makes it a natural pairing for wine. It is common to mix the liqueur with Champagne and other sparkling beverages in very simple drinks. Any of these recipes will bring a new touch of style to any affair and are sure to be a hit with everyone who tastes them.
- Champagne and Chambord - Champagne
- Vampire Kiss Martini - vodka, Champagne
- Purple Haze - vodka, lemonade, lemon-lime soda
- Raspberry Mojito - rum, mint, raspberry, lime, ginger ale
- Zipperhead - vodka, lemon-lime soda
Fruits are a natural companion for Chambord's rich raspberry flavor and you will find that it pairs nicely with a great variety. It's wonderfully fascinating when mixed with layers of fruit.
- Besame - Agavero, passion fruit juice, raspberry, lime
- French Martini - gin or vodka, pineapple juice
- G'Spot Cocktail - gin, simple syrup, lemon and lime juices
- Honey Deuce - vodka, lemonade
- Jack-O-Lantern - whiskey, simple syrup, lemon juice, mint
- Poinsettia Punch - gin, allspice dram, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, bitters
- (The) Raven - vodka, rum, blue curacao
- Very Berry Cosmo Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice
Creamy cocktails are another popular use for Chambord's sweetness. These recipes are easy to mix up and a tempting treat for those times when you feel like a little raspberry cream.
Most of the time, I would recommend using a less expensive substitute for Chambord when mixing up shots at a party. It almost seems like a shame to down its sweet elegance without really enjoying it. Yet, if Chambord is the raspberry liqueur you have, go ahead and mix it into one of these tasty shooters.
The process of making Chambord is not easy; it is a finely crafted blend of infused spirits and cognac.
- Whole raspberries and blackberries are steeped for several weeks in French spirits.
- The berries are strained from the infusion and soaked for a few more weeks in a second batch of liquor.
- The berries are removed again and pressed for their sugar and juice.
- The Maitre Liquoriste (master blender) then blends the two infused spirits, sugary juice, and fine cognac with the extracts of Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, black raspberries, honey, and other herbs and spices.
Chambord Flavored Vodka
In the fall of 2010, Chambord released a vodka that retains the flavor characteristics of the famous raspberry liqueur. This 37.5% ABV (75 proof) vodka is noted with having floral, vanilla and white chocolate flavors.