Crimson Kiss Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 22, 2024


The Crimson Kiss is a cocktail that embodies the allure of mystery and romance. Its deep red hue is reminiscent of a lover's blush, and the blend of sweet and tart flavors is sure to enchant the palate.

  • Origins: While the exact origins are not well-documented, the use of pomegranate suggests a nod to ancient times when the fruit symbolized life and fertility.
  • Popularity: This cocktail has gained a following among those who appreciate a balance of sweet and sour notes, with a kick of vodka to keep things interesting.
  • Occasions: Perfect for intimate gatherings or a quiet evening at home, the Crimson Kiss is a versatile cocktail that suits many moods and settings.

How Crimson Kiss Tastes?

The Crimson Kiss cocktail offers a symphony of flavors. The pomegranate juice provides a sweet yet tart foundation, while the amaretto adds a rich, nutty undertone. The vodka gives it a clean, strong kick, and the lemon juice balances everything with a citrusy zing. The bitters lend a complex depth that rounds out the drink, making it both refreshing and sophisticated.

Interesting facts about Crimson Kiss

  • Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants and has been linked to heart health benefits.
  • Amaretto, an Italian liqueur, is made from either apricot pits or almonds, both of which contribute to its distinctive flavor.
  • The name 'Crimson Kiss' evokes a sense of passion and drama, making it an excellent choice for romantic occasions.


A few good options for Crimson Kiss are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Pomegranate Juice Cocktail

Using 2oz balances the sweetness and tartness without overpowering the alcohol. Less would make the cocktail too strong, more would make it too sweet. Imagine it as the backdrop to our boozy art piece!

Emma Rose


1oz gives that clear, clean booze kick, but won't knock you off your feet—this isn't college, after all. Skip it, and you have fancy juice, throw too much in, and you're essentially disinfecting wounds from the inside out.

Alex Green


1oz brings a sweet, almond-like flavor. It's the 'hug' in this 'kiss'. Without Amaretto, it'd be like finding the perfect partner but they have no sense of humor!

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

Just 0.25oz here; we're freshening things up, not making lemonade. Leaving it out is like forgetting to put on deodorant - not the end of the world but you'll notice something's off.

Emma Rose


Three little drops add complexity. Miss these out, and your cocktail is one-dimensional, like a rom-com without the 'com'.

Alex Green


For the shaking, not the sipping—it's a cocktail, not a snow cone. Ice chills and dilutes, both key to a scrumptious sip.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Twist

You could just say ‘lemon zest’, but 'twist' is so much more...cocktail-y. It’s all about the aroma, baby!

Emma Rose

Maraschino Cherry

It’s that final glossy cherry on top that makes you feel like you're fancy—even in your pajamas.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Crimson Kiss Drink

  1. Chill the Glass: Place a coupe glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a shaker, combine 2 ounces of pomegranate juice cocktail, 1 ounce of vodka, 1 ounce of amaretto, and a quarter ounce of fresh lemon juice.
  3. Add Bitters: Drop in 3 drops of Angostura bitters.
  4. Shake: Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  5. Strain: Take the chilled coupe glass and strain the mixture into it.
  6. Garnish: Twist a lemon peel over the glass to release its oils and drop it in, along with a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Temperature: Always use a chilled glass to keep your cocktail cool and refreshing.
  • Balance: Adjust the lemon juice to your taste for the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
  • Presentation: When garnishing, ensure the lemon twist sits on the edge of the glass for an elegant look.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Dark Chocolate Desserts: The rich flavor of dark chocolate complements the fruity and slightly nutty profile of the Crimson Kiss.
  • Grilled Lamb: With a hint of sweetness and acidity, this cocktail goes wonderfully with the savory and slightly gamey taste of lamb.
  • Cheese Platter: Opt for cheeses like Gorgonzola or Brie to nod to the cocktail’s balance of sweet and sour notes.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips and contrast the cocktail's sweetness.
  • Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer: For a non-alcoholic option that matches the cocktail's spiciness from the bitters.

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What you could change in Crimson Kiss

  • Pomegranate Juice: If you can't find a pomegranate juice cocktail, pure pomegranate juice mixed with a splash of cherry syrup can be a good substitute.
  • Amaretto: In the absence of amaretto, almond syrup or a hazelnut liqueur could provide a similar nutty sweetness.
  • Bitters: While Angostura is classic, orange bitters can add a different but complementary citrus note.

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And of course - twists🍹

The Forbidden Fruit

  • Ingredients: Use 1.5oz apple vodka instead of regular vodka, and ½ oz cinnamon schnapps. Garnish with an apple slice instead of a lemon twist.
  • Recipe & Taste: Introduce apple vodka and cinnamon schnapps to the original recipe while maintaining the rest. The apple brings a garden of Eden feel that'll tempt anyone, while the cinnamon adds a spicy 'sin'.

The Velvet Night

  • Ingredients: Substitute pomegranate juice with black currant juice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
  • Recipe & Taste: Swap out the pomegranate for black currant juice for a darker, deeper fruit taste that whispers secrets of a moonlit night. The rosemary adds an aromatic touch that might remind you of stargazing on a velvety lawn.

The Almond Whisper

  • Ingredients: Double the amount of amaretto and omit the vodka. Garnish with an almond wrapped in an orange peel.
  • Recipe & Taste: With a doubled dose of amaretto and no vodka, this version is like your gossip buddy—sweet, a little nutty, and full of warmth. The almond and orange peel garnish adds whispers of citrus and nut that stay long after the last sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Crimson Kiss

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Crimson Kiss

What is the best way to store an opened bottle of amaretto?

An opened bottle of amaretto should be stored in a cool, dark place, tightly sealed to prevent oxidation. It doesn't need to be refrigerated but keeping it away from sunlight helps to maintain its flavor.

Can I make the Crimson Kiss in a pitcher for a party?

Yes, you can scale up the recipe and mix the Crimson Kiss in a pitcher. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need, and refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Add ice, bitters, and garnishes individually into each glass.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for vodka in this cocktail?

For a non-alcoholic version, you can use a non-alcoholic spirit alternative or seedlip to mimic the texture and slight bite of vodka, or simply increase the pomegranate juice and amaretto proportions accordingly.

What kind of bitters are best suited for fruit-based cocktails like the Crimson Kiss?

Angostura bitters work well in fruit-based cocktails, but you can also try flavored bitters such as cherry, peach, or even chocolate to complement the fruit notes.

Can this cocktail be made in advance?

While you can mix the pomegranate juice, vodka, amaretto, and lemon juice in advance, it's best to add the bitters and ice just before serving to ensure the cocktail is fresh and chilled.

How do I achieve the perfect citrus twist garnish?

Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to cut a strip of citrus peel. Try to get as little of the white pith as possible. Then, twist the peel over the cocktail to express the oils and run the peel around the rim of the glass before dropping it in.

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