Soul Kiss Cocktail With Blood Orange

Soul Kiss Cocktail With Blood Orange

In the 1933 edition of “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” there’s no shortage of drinks whose names suggest that they’d be perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any day, really).

The Soul Kiss Cocktail (No. 1) uses both sweet and dry vermouths, while the Soul Kiss Cocktail (No. 2) contains whiskey. Here, we’ve combined the best of both, along with blood orange juice to impart a romantic shade of deep, sunset pink.


1 ounce rye whiskey
½ ounce Dubonnet Rouge
½ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce sweet vermouth
½ ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice (or any fresh orange juice)
Small slice of orange or orange twist, for garnish (preferably blood orange)


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add rye, Dubonnet, dry and sweet vermouths, and juice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a small slice or twist of orange.

Fresh squeezed orange juice will make a better tasting cocktail. The average orange yields up to 3 ounces of juice, so you'll have plenty for a few drinks.

We made this tonight without the rye. We enjoyed the slight bitterness. It had a light “European” flavor

- Miami Food Network -

The soul kiss is an interesting classic cocktail that puts a spin on the whiskey Manhattan. It's a recipe that can be found in an obscure bartending guide called "Just Cocktails," which was printed in 1936. While this drink may not be to everyone's liking, it is a fascinating taste of what drinkers almost a century ago enjoyed.


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