Chambord Liqueur Royale

Chambord is easy enough to identify at a bar; the bottle is a glass sphere with the cap shaped like an ornate metallic crown. It is available in most medium-to-large liquor stores, and is of a slightly above-average price. It is not too uncommon to find in bars or nightspots.

The drink itself is a very dark purple, with a slightly syrupy consistancy, and it is as sweet as candy. The luscious flavor comes from a mixture of black cherry, black raspberry, plum, honey, and assorted herbs. Chambord can be served straight or on the rocks, and is frequently served in mixes with cognac or champagne. It is also an ingredient in several desserts.

This liqeuer is prized by many goths with a sweet tooth, because it is uncommon to find such a sweet and smooth intoxicating beverage, whose natural color is very close to black. The ornate bottle makes it serve dual purposes at a bar; both as decoration and as refreshment.

Commentary by Clifford Hartleigh Low, Thursday, May 5, 1998.

Photo: Rachel / Models: Kerry, John