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The Red Kiss

When I saw the Red Kiss on Rufus’ Guide to Food & Spirits, I knew I had to try it out. First, it incorporates Cherry Heering, which I have in my liquor cabinet, and with which I recently told you I am eager to experiment more. Secondly, it features vermouth in a starring role, which is unusual in American cocktails (of this century, at least) — and Boozehound has me convinced that vermouth gets a bad rap.

I have to say, right away, that this is one of my favorite new cocktails that I’ve tried in a long time. It’s nicely balanced, and, as long as you’ve treated your vermouth right (by which I mean, you’ve stored it in the refrigerator* and not let it languish too long), it’s nice and mellow.

* Most people don’t, and I didn’t until recently, when I read that vermouth is really a kind of wine and should be treated as such. It really does make a big difference in the flavor!

Red Kiss

Perfect for sipping on a Friday night at home, as I did last week while the hubby was out seeing Zero Dark Thirty with the guys. No bother — I just called my evening Zero Cocktail Thirty and had myself a little a party after Nora was in bed. Wild times, I tell you!

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The Red Kiss
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • ½ oz cherry brandy, such as Cherry Heering
  • ½ oz gin
  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.


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4 Thoughts on “The Red Kiss

  1. Perfect apperitiv for Valentine’s!
    SAHMmelier recently posted..Poetry in Motion- Part 3My Profile

  2. Oh thanks for the advice on vermouth. We have some good vermouth and less good vermouth. This is a great drink. Glad we could inspire you. We love your cocktails. Katherine wants you to know she reads your posts on her phone and would comment more if she didn’t hate using her phone to comment. Typo city!
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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t realize you were supposed to refrigerate it! I could’ve smacked myself. It really does make a difference.

      Tell Katherine thanks, and I feel the love anyway. 😉
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  3. ooooh! beautiful and ginny!! i think i may have some gin on top of the fridge.. will look now 🙂
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