What is Chambord liqueur?

What is Chambord Raspberry liqueur?

By Timo Torner / Last updated on September 13, 2022 
Chambord is a Cognac-based liqueur made from blackberries and red raspberries. It's produced in the Loire valley of France and uses an ancient recipe from the 17th century as a template.

Chambord raspberry liqueur comes in a fancy round bottle with a purple and gold label. The sweet liqueur from France is a popular ingredient in many cocktails. For example, in classics like the French Martini.

But Chambord is also an excellent liqueur to drink on ice. The Cognac base and the various ingredients in the liqueur make it rich and complex in taste.

It's a great addition to any home bar as it brings elegant raspberry notes to mixed drinks.

Here's more about the liqueur, its production, and how you can use it in cocktails!

What is Chambord?

Chambord is an excellent fruit liqueur from France made from blackberries and red raspberries. The low-ABV liqueur contains 16.7% vol., is based on Cognac, and is flavored with berries and some additional ingredients.

The recipe for Chambord raspberry liqueur is based on an old formula from the late 1600s.

Chambord liqueur served in glass, on the rocks

As the name suggests, the liqueur is produced and bottled near the commune of Chambord, located in the Loire valley in France.

It has a dark and deep purple color, a rather sweet taste, and is primarily used to add notes of raspberry and blackberry to mixed drinks. But you can also enjoy it on its own.

The process of making Chambord

Chambord is produced in the Loire valley from berries and a selection of additional ingredients. The whole list includes:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Moroccan citrus peel
  • Vanilla from Madagascar
  • Honey
  • Cognac
  • A secret mix of herbs and spices

Extraction & Infusion

The production process of Chambord uses a base of three so-called juices:

The first one is the result of raspberries and blackberries steeping in a neutral spirit for six weeks. After that, the liquor is removed, which creates the first and very aromatic "juice."

Blackberries and raspberries that go into Chambord liqueur

Another batch of spirit is added to the berries and macerates for another two weeks to extract more flavor. Again, the alcohol is removed, and we have the "second juice."

The third and last juice is acquired by squeezing and pressing the berries.

Blending flavors

The three juices from the first production steps are blended to form one aromatic berry infusion. That infusion is then blended with the remaining ingredients like XO Cognac, vanilla essence, citrus peel, honey, and the herbs & spice mix.

Chambord master blender is responsible for balancing the ingredients carefully to achieve a consistent taste.

Bottling

During the whole process, you won't find any artificial additives. Not for flavors and also not for the color.

So, when the resulting liqueur is bottled at 16,5% ABV, it only contains natural ingredients.

How does Chambord taste?

The taste of Chambord is slightly sweet and intensely fruity. It has a rich flavor with robust notes of raspberries and blackberries and hints of citrus.

You can also taste the Cognac base in the liqueur as it adds subtle notes of oak and very light hints of vanilla.

The flavors in the liqueur are overall very well-balanced and never too sweet. The hints of vanilla, citrus, and oak shine through and make it beautifully complex.

The history of Chambord raspberry liqueur

Chambord isn't really an old brand. The product, and therefore also the brand, was developed only in the early 1980s by Norton Cooper.

By the way, Norton Cooper's son Scott also invented another modern classic liqueur, St Germain, back in 2007. Today, St Germain is one of the most popular elderflower liqueurs.

St Germain liqueur made of elderflowers

But back to Chambord. The recipe is derived from an old formula from the Loire valley and dates back to the late 1600s.

As far as the legend goes, even Louis XIV had a chance to try the original liqueur. At this time, exquisite liqueurs and fine Cognac were regular servings alongside lavish meals.

In 2006, Cooper sold the brand Chambord for $255 million to the Brown-Forman Foundation.

You never have heard of it? Well, this company is one of the largest alcohol-selling companies in the world. Brown-Forman Foundation's brand portfolio contains some of the biggest brands in the industry, like Jack Daniels or Herradura Tequila.

Chambord Raspberry Vodka

In an attempt to disrupt the spirits industry, especially the Vodka part, Brown-Forman launched a Chambord-branded raspberry Vodka in 2010.

The goal was to reinvent the product category flavor-wise but also visually. The project, however, wasn't very successful. Nowadays, no one is overly excited about flavored or colored Vodka anymore.

What is Chambord used for?

In most cases, Chambord is served in mixed drinks and cocktails.

You can mix it in a Kir Imperial, a blend of Champagne and Chambord, use it in a Bramble instead of Crème de Mûre, or in classic cocktails like the French Martini.

French Martini

French Martini

A sweet and fruity riff on the classic Martini.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: framboise de ronce, pineapple, vodka
Servings: 1
Calories: 202kcal
Cost: $2.40

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 0.5 oz Chambord (or Giffard Framboise de Ronce)
  • 1.5 oz Fresh Pineapple juice

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
    2 oz Vodka, 0.5 oz Chambord, 1.5 oz Fresh Pineapple juice
  • Strain into a chilled Martini glass.

Nutrition

Serving: 4.25oz | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.5g | Protein: 0.25g | Fat: 0.05g | Sodium: 1.5mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.45mg
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FAQs

Is Chambord the same as crème de cassis?

No, they are not the same. Crème de cassis is made from blackcurrant, whereas Chambord is made from raspberries and blackberries.

Is Chambord liqueur the same as crème de mure?

No, not exactly. Crème de Mûre is a blackberry liqueur with a comparable taste. Yet, Chambord is more complex due to its wide variety of ingredients.

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