French Kiss Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

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 7, 2024


The French Kiss cocktail is a romantic and sweet cocktail that is often enjoyed on special occasions such as Valentine's Day or anniversaries. It's a delightful blend of raspberry and chocolate flavors, which are often associated with romance. The cocktail is believed to have been created in France, hence the name. It's a favorite among those who enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails.

How French Kiss Tastes?

The French Kiss cocktail has a sweet and fruity taste, with a hint of chocolate. The raspberry liqueur adds a tangy and fruity flavor, while the chocolate liqueur gives it a rich and creamy taste. The vodka adds a bit of a kick, but it's not too overpowering.

Interesting facts about French Kiss

  • The French Kiss cocktail is often enjoyed on special occasions such as Valentine's Day or anniversaries.
  • It's a sweet and fruity cocktail, perfect for those who enjoy sweet drinks.
  • The cocktail is believed to have been created in France, hence the name.


A few good options for French Kiss are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka is the backbone of many cocktails, providing a strong alcohol base without overshadowing the other flavors. In this French Kiss cocktail, 1 oz gives just enough kick without turning the drink into a rocket fuel. Use less and you might as well call it a smoothie; use more and you risk overpowering the other delicate flavors. If you're adventurous, try substituting with clear rum for a slightly sweeter twist.

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Raspberry Liqueur

A sweet and fruity 1 oz of raspberry liqueur is essential for that fruity kiss of flavor that gives the cocktail its namesake. Omit this, and you'll lose the romance of the French Kiss, leaving you with a rather platonic chocolate milk. A good alternative could be blackberry liqueur, which would shift the berry tone slightly while maintaining the fruity profile.

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Chocolate Liqueur

Adding 1 oz of chocolate liqueur transforms this concoction from simply spirited to sensuously indulgent. Without it, you might as well be wearing socks with sandals - a faux pas in the world of cocktails. If you fancy a change, consider a coffee liqueur. It'll give you a French Kiss with a caffeine kick.

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Smooth, rich, and decadent, 1 oz of cream softens the drink and makes it lusciously silky. Skimp on it, and you're dancing without the tune; it's what brings everything together. If you're lactose intolerant or living on the lighter side, try almond or soy milk, but remember, it's like kissing through a window - not quite the same experience.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make French Kiss Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, raspberry liqueur, chocolate liqueur, and cream.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a raspberry or a piece of chocolate.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Use a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cold for longer.
  • Garnish with a raspberry or a piece of chocolate for an extra touch of sweetness.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Treat Pairings

Pair this creamy and indulgent cocktail with desserts that complement its rich profile. Dark chocolate truffles or chocolate covered strawberries can enhance the chocolate notes of the drink. For a lighter complement, try vanilla bean ice cream or classic cheesecake to balance the sweetness with a smooth texture.

Savory Snacks Pairings

Although sweets are a more intuitive pairing, don't shy away from salted nuts or artisan cheese. A board featuring Brie, Camembert, or even Gouda can play off the cocktail’s richness and offer a delightful contrast.

Coffee Pairings

Espresso or dark roast coffee can be a great companion, especially if you're serving this cocktail as an after-dinner treat. The coffee's bitterness will complement the sweetness and creamy texture of the French Kiss.

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What you could change in French Kiss

  • You can substitute the raspberry liqueur with strawberry liqueur for a different fruity flavor.
  • If you don't have chocolate liqueur, you can use chocolate syrup instead.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Kiss

Swap the chocolate liqueur for white chocolate liqueur and the result is a lighter, but still decadent cocktail. The drink will be sweeter and creamier, perfect for those who prefer their kisses a bit more on the innocent side.

  • 1 oz White Chocolate Liqueur (Instead of Chocolate Liqueur)
  • Follow the original recipe for the rest

Mint Chocolate Kiss

Adding a dash of crème de menthe, this twist brings a refreshing minty note, reminiscent of a chocolate after-dinner mint. It's like taking your French Kiss on a wintery stroll through the Champs-Élysées.

  • 1/2 oz Crème de Menthe (In addition to other ingredients)
  • Follow the original recipe but add the Crème de Menthe before shaking

The Dark Kiss

For a bold and rich experience, use dark crème de cacao instead of regular chocolate liqueur, and throw in a pinch of sea salt to enhance the chocolate profile. Now your French Kiss is dressed in velvet, sipping espresso at a Parisian jazz club.

  • 1 oz Dark Crème de Cacao (Instead of Chocolate Liqueur)
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Follow the original recipe, adding the salt into the shaker

In case you forgot basics how to make French 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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 French Kiss

What type of vodka is best to use for the French Kiss cocktail?

It is recommended to use a high-quality vodka to ensure the best taste. However, the choice of vodka can depend on personal preference.

Can the French Kiss cocktail be made in advance?

Yes, you can mix the cocktail in advance and store it in the refrigerator. However, it is best served fresh. Garnish just before serving.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the French Kiss cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting the alcohol with non-alcoholic versions or fruit juices.

Is there a specific glass type recommended for the French Kiss cocktail?

Typically, this cocktail is served in a cocktail glass but it can be served in any glass of choice.

Is the French Kiss cocktail a strong drink?

The strength of the cocktail depends on the measures of vodka used. However, it's considered a moderate cocktail as per the alcohol content.

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