Chambord is a French black raspberry liqueur that’s worth adding to your collection! Here’s more about it and the best ways to use it in cocktails.

Chambord

It’s dark purple, it fruity, and it’s got a fancy purple and gold bottle that looks like something from an 18th century movie set. It’s Chambord! This liqueur sounds fancy, but it won’t set you back too much in price. It’s got a beautiful black raspberry flavor that makes any drink taste better. Should you buy a bottle? Yes, we think so! Here’s more about Chambord and a few popular Chambord cocktails to mix up with your new purchase.

What is Chambord?

Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur made in France. Despite the fancy historic looking bottle, the brand started in the 1980’s. But, it’s inspired by a raspberry liqueur recipe from the the 1680’s! It’s made with both raspberries and blackberries and several spirits including Cognac. This gives it a nuanced, sophisticated flavor.

The bottle design of Chambord gives it an air of refinement and elegance. It’s a round, squat bottle with purple lettering and gold accents. It looks like something a French king would have on hand in the 1700’s, right?

What does Chambord taste like?

Chambord tastes tastes rich and fruity, with raspberry and citrus notes. The Cognac adds subtle notes of vanilla and oak.

How much alcohol is in Chambord? It is 16% ABV (alcohol by volume), so it has a low alcohol content. Compare it to 40% ABV for spirits like whiskeyrumvodka and gin.

Are there any substitutes? Creme de cassis is the closest substitute: it’s the black currant liqueur that’s famously used in a Kir Royale. But the flavor is not nearly as nuanced and refined. You can also try creme de mure, a blackberry liqueur that we’re huge fans of! The flavor is like blackberry jelly, and you can use it to make the Bramble cocktail.

Why we like it

Chambord sounds fancy: and it is! It adds a nuanced, sophisticated berry flavor to everything it touches. We love it in the French Martini, and it’s at its best when combined with champagne. (In fact, it makes a much better Kir Royale than the standard creme de cassis.)

How much does it cost?

Compared to other liquors, Chambord is mid-priced. A 375 ml bottle costs $15 to $20, and a 750 ml bottle costs $25 to $35.

You can drink Chambord straight up, or mix it into cocktails. Here are the top Chambord cocktails:

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French martini

French Martini


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The French martini is a triumph! This classy cocktail is perfectly balanced with vodka, pineapple juice, and raspberry liqueur.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) Chambord or other raspberry liqueur
  • For the garnish: raspberry (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake it until cold.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. If desired, garnish with a raspberry.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Chambord, Chambord cocktails

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Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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3 Comments

  1. Glad I stumbled on your site! It will be a great go-to site for recipes. Chambord is my most favorite liquor. I have a question about it that maybe you can answer. Should I refrigerate Chambord? Not that it sits on my shelf for very long, but I’ve seen pros and cons online about this. What is your opinion? Thank you!

    1. Since it’s not too high proof it’s kind of on the edge! We keep it in the cabinet at room temperature (just as long as it’s out of the sun).