History and background
The French Kiss cocktail is a cocktail that every bar and bartender in the world seems to have interpreted in their own way. A quick look through the cocktail books and the blogosphere – from the renowned to the questionable – shows us that this cocktail is made in countless different ways. However, what every recipe has in common is the base of vodka and raspberry liqueur. The cocktail is made in different ways: as a shot, as a shaken cocktail straight up in a martini glass and as a champagne cocktail.
It was probably invented in the 1970s, during the disco drinks era in the United States. In this decade, sweet, fruity and vodka were the keywords for cocktails served in clubs and everywhere else.
Flavour French Kiss Cocktail
The French Kiss cocktail is a sweet, fruity cocktail. Luckily, it has a bit more to offer than just that. The addition of Bols Honey gives the cocktail more depth and binds together the flavours of the Bols Raspberry, pineapple juice and Bols Vodka. The honey notes can be seen as a unifying element between the fruity, fresh flavours. And the Bols Vodka gives this fruity explosion the kick it needs.
Variation 2: Modifier #1
Bols Raspberry is the first modifier in this cocktail. A modifier is a liqueur or syrup that adds a certain flavour on top of the base spirit. In the French Kiss, raspberry is the dominant flavour. What’s great about modifiers is that they make it relatively easy to alter the flavour of a cocktail. For example, if you use Bols Butterscotch in the French Kiss, it gains an entirely different overall flavour. Butterscotch tastes delicious in combination with both the honey and pineapple juice in the French Kiss cocktail.
Variation 3: Modifier #2
The French Kiss is a variation of the French Martini. This world-famous cocktail contains lemon juice instead of the Bols Honey liqueur. If you want to make your French Kiss more sour, replace the Bols Honey with lemon juice and you'll have a French Martini instead.