Soul Kiss Cocktail

Classic Soul Kiss Cocktail Recipe
Rob Palmer / Photolibrary / Getty Images
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
281 Calories
2g Fat
31g Carbs
12g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Protein 12g
Calcium 18mg 1%
*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 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.

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 orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce Dubonnet

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Stir all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.

  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 soul kiss 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 Soul Kiss?

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.