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French Kiss recipe

French Kiss cocktail

What is a French Kiss cocktail?

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.

Ingredients for French Kiss

How to make a French Kiss Cocktail?

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill it two thirds of the way with ice cubes. Shake the cocktail for around 10 second

What bar tools do you need to make a French Kiss Cocktail?

  • Jigger
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Fine Strainer

French Kiss Cocktail garnish
Raspberry s and strain it into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish the cocktail with a raspberry.


French Kiss Cocktail recipe variations
Variation 1: Base Spirit
The neutral base of vodka can be replaced with a spirit that has a flavour that pairs well with the other three ingredients. The malt wine in Bols Genever has beautiful notes of honey due to the longer fermentation. It's the perfect match for the Bols Honey in the French Kiss cocktail. Moreover, the almond notes from the bouquet garni pair nicely with the pineapple juice.

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.

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