Chambord is a brand that produces black raspberry liqueur with a cognac base. It has a smooth consistency with a velvety mouthfeel. The liqueur features a rich, fruit, semi-sweet, and intense berry flavor. The vibrant drink makes a perfect aperitif on its own but can also be mixed into cocktails, desserts, and savory dishes.
You can easily find Chambord both online and offline. However, if you are making a recipe that calls for Chambord but don’t have any on hand, you can use one of these Chambord substitutes to get similar effects in your dish.
1. Blackberry Moonshine
Blackberry Moonshine is a blackberry-infused spirit popularly made in Tennessee. Although it doesn’t have the exact same flavor as Chambord, if you’re looking for a fruity drink that’s a little less French, Blackberry Moonshine will make a viable alternative.
You can enjoy the fruit-themed drink on its own or with a splash of lemonade. This blackberry-infused spirit has 20% ABV, which is higher than Chambord’s alcohol content of 16.5%, so it will give your beverages an extra kick. If you’d rather not hit the grocery store to buy a bottle, you can even make it at home with this recipe. It offers similar results as the real deal in a few simple steps.
A 1:1 substitute will work, but you may want to use less of it in recipes that are not alcohol-centered.
2. Crème de Cassis
Creme de Cassis, a deep red-purple blackcurrant liqueur, has a deliciously sweet and fruity flavor. Its wonderful flavor lends itself beautifully to everything from cocktails to fruit salads. It’s the perfect Chambord alternative for those who don’t like the taste of raspberry liqueur.
You can drink Creme de Cassis on its own as an aperitif, pair it with Sangria and sparkling wine, or use it as a dessert liqueur. Keep in mind that there are no regulations about the quantity or quality of fruit that goes into the production of Creme de Cassis, so its flavor will vary across manufacturers. For the best results, stick to using tried-and-tested brands like Drillaud, Hiram Walker, or Lejay.
1 tablespoon of Chambord = 1 tablespoon Creme de Cassis.
3. Di Amore Raspberry
Di Amore Raspberry is an Italian liqueur. It tastes of ripe and sweet black raspberries similar to Chambord but with a little less vanilla and tart flavor and minor changes in consistency. Di Amore Raspberry can be hard to find though, but if you come across a bottle at the liquor store, it can work as a great substitute.
Di Amore Raspberry works well in a range of recipes — sip it on its own, use it with dry gin or vodka to make a refreshing beverage, or add it to a cosmo. You can also use it as a main ingredient in chocolate dips and brownies.
1 tablespoon of Chambord = 1 tablespoon of Di Amore Raspberry.
4. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is made by combining pomegranate juice with an alcoholic mixture of vodka and tequila. It has a balance of sweet and tart flavors and has a 17% ABV that will liven up your drink without hitting you as much as plain vodka or tequila will.
You can use Pomegranate Liqueur in place of Chambord to flavor cheesecakes, cakes, and other baked goods. You can also have this sweet and tart drink mixed with a little cranberry juice or dazzle your after-dinner drink menu by mixing it with a shot of rum, gin, or vodka.
Use it as a 1:1 substitute, depending on your alcohol preferences.
5. Raspberry Extract
Raspberry extract will give you similar fruity flavors to Chambord, but without the alcohol content. It is affordable and easily available at most supermarkets and specialty stores, making it a good Chambord replacement. And if you’d rather not make the trip, you can also make it at home with raspberries and common kitchen staples.
You can use raspberry extract in everything from cocktails and mocktails to sweet treats like muffins, chocolates, and cakes. Just make sure to choose a high-quality extract to enjoy similar flavors as Chambord in your recipes. Also, remember that extracts are more intense in flavor, so a little will go a long way.
1 tablespoon of Chambord = ½ teaspoon of raspberry extract. (Add more if required.)
6. Raspberry Juice
Raspberry juice, extracted from raspberries, has a tart flavor with a subtle sweetness but tends to be slightly less intense than Chambord. You can easily find it in the dessert topping aisle at most stores, but you can also squeeze fresh raspberry juice at home to use as a Chambord substitute.
You can use raspberry juice to make mocktails, desserts, and even smoothies to create delicious drinks with health benefits. It’s available with and without sugar, so you might have to alter the amount of sugar used in your recipe to get the desired result. Raspberry juice is also super affordable and non-alcoholic, making it the perfect Chambord alternative for those avoiding alcohol.
1 tablespoon of Chambord = 1 tablespoon of raspberry juice.
7. Raspberry Liqueur
Chambord is a type of raspberry liqueur, so if you don’t have it on hand, other raspberry liqueur brands will make near-perfect substitutes. DeKuyper Razzmatazz, Giffard Framboise Liqueur, Mathilde Framboise Liqueur, Bols Black Raspberry Liqueur, and St. George’s Raspberry Liqueur will be great options. They won’t offer the same mouthfeel but will add a similar flavor to your cooking applications.
You can use these other raspberry liqueurs just like you would Chambord to enhance the flavor and texture of cocktails, dessert sauces, jams, chocolate mousse, ice cream, and jellies. You can also serve them as a drink on their own. For best results, we recommend using high-quality raspberry liqueurs to recreate the taste and texture of Chambord. You can also make your own by following this recipe.
1 tablespoon of Chambord = 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur.