What Is Chambord?

Production, Types, and Recipes

Chambord liqueur

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Chambord is a fruity staple in the modern bar. The premium black raspberry liqueur is used in many favorite cocktails. Its sweet, fruity taste and deep purple color make it an excellent addition to a variety of drinks, including popular flavored martinis.

Fast Facts

  • Ingredients: Red and black raspberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey, and Cognac
  • Proof: 33
  • ABV: 16.5%
  • Calories in a shot: 107
  • Origin: Loire Valley, France
  • Taste: Slightly sweet
  • Aged: A few weeks
  • Serve: Mixed into cocktails

What is Chambord Made From

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 cognac and French spirits base.

The process of making Chambord is not easy; it is a finely crafted blend of infused spirits and cognac. First, whole raspberries and blackberries are steeped for several weeks in French spirits. Then the berries are strained from the infusion and soaked for a few more weeks in the 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.

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. Creme de cassis, which is a black currant flavored liqueur is often substituted, but it doesn't have the same flavor. Chambord is a more complex flavor since it has so many other ingredients.

Chambord's bottle design 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 typeface that is bold as well. Either way, this is a bottle that you will want to show off in your bar.

What Does Chambord Taste Like?

Chambord has a rich, semi-sweet, and intense flavor. Even though it has vibrant color and fruit ingredients, it is not overly sweet and the vanilla and citrus peel taste is present. It has a silky mouthfeel and not sticky or oily.

Chambord Liqueur
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How to Drink Chambord

Chambord is the elegant, purple star of a number of popular cocktails, including many 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. 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. 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.

Cocktail Recipes

There are many ways to enjoy Chambord. Some of the recipes are simple, while others are more complicated. All take advantage of Chambord's distinctive taste and color.