Heart and Soul Cocktail

Heart and Soul Cocktail (aka Classic Soul Kiss Cocktail)
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
172 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 172
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 73mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The heart and soul is an interesting classic cocktail that puts a spin on the whiskey Manhattan. It's a recipe that can be found under the name "soul kiss" 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.

Adapted slightly for modern tastes, this recipe simply adds a bit of orange juice and Dubonnet to the whiskey-vermouth combination found in the Manhattan. It uses dry vermouth rather than sweet, and the hint of citrus is intriguing against the two aperitifs and whiskey.

Interestingly enough, the original recipe doesn't suggest which style of Dubonnet to use. The French aperitif comes in Rouge and Blanc; the former is similar to sweet vermouth, the latter is more like dry vermouth. Since dry vermouth is already in the recipe, Dubonnet Rouge would be a more likely choice, creating a sort of perfect Manhattan. It is also the more common of the two, so it's a good choice for starters.


  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey

  • 1 ounce dry vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

  • 1/2 ounce orange juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the whiskey, dry vermouth, Dubonnet, and orange juice. Stir well.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Serve and enjoy.


  • You will notice that the style of whiskey is not defined either. It's very likely that the original drink was made with rye whiskey or a Canadian blended whisky if it was enjoyed during Prohibition in the U.S. You could also try a smooth bourbon.
  • 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.
  • Make sure that your vermouth and Dubonnet are both fresh. Fortified wines do not have the long shelf life of distilled spirits, so should only be kept for 3 months after opening. It's also best to store them in the refrigerator.
  • Be sure to pour this drink into a chilled cocktail glass. If you forget to place it in the freezer in advance, simply put a few ice cubes in the glass while you're mixing the drink and dump them before straining.

Recipe Variations

  • Although the recipe didn't specify, a burnt orange peel is a nice garnish here.
  • Adding a dash or two of orange bitters can help the drink out as well.
  • For another orange-kissed Manhattan cocktail, try the Grand Manhattan recipe. This modern cocktail pairs bourbon and sweet vermouth with orange liqueur and orange juice and it may be more to your liking.

How Strong Is a Heart and Soul Cocktail?

Even a quick glance at the ingredient list would indicate that this is not going to be a mild drink. With three types of alcohol, it weighs in around 21 percent ABV (42 proof), which is typical of classic drinks of this style.