The French Kiss Cocktail is a fruity fusion of champagne, vodka, and raspberries. It’s easy to mix in minutes and the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, like New Year’s Eve!
French Kiss Cocktail
“Espumoso” is the Spanish word for bubbly or sparkling. It is one of my favorite words in the Spanish language because it captures the feeling of what you’re describing in a way that “bubbly” just doesn’t quite do.
So while this French Kiss Cocktail is a bubbly cocktail, I think that describing it as “espumoso” does it much more justice! This is a truly festive drink that is perfect for a celebration!
Whether it is ringing in the start of a new year on New Year’s Eve, or celebrating love with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day, this is it!!
With a hint of tart and sweetness with just a bit of a kick, a French Kiss cocktail is a simple, elegant drink that is pleasing to the senses. And with only a few ingredients, it is easy to make too!
This easy cocktail only has 3 simple ingredients, plus fruit for garnish. I’ve provided shop-able links to some of the ingredients and supplies used, for your convenience; disclosure policy here.
1. Sparkling Wine
Even though the name is “French Kiss,” you don’t have to use French wine or Champagne. Any type of white sparkling wine will work! You can use Cava, Prosecco, etc. I even have a sparkling chardonnay that I love!
Again, any type of vodka will work here, so pick your favorite! If going for a the full French theme, Grey Goose is good quality vodka that is made in France, as is Ciroc.
If you don’t want quite as strong a drink, you can omit the vodka. I’ll provide instructions for both versions later in the post.
3. Raspberry Liqueur
When it comes to liqueurs, you kind of get what you pay for. The real cheapie stuff often tastes cloyingly sweet, so I try to stick with higher quality. In this case, Chambord is my recommendation (and it is made in France too!)
4. Fresh Fruit
A garnish of lemon slice and fresh raspberries adds a bright touch to the drink. Using a lemon slice or a twist lemon peel adds a hint of citrus flavor, without cloudiness that lemon juice would make.
You can use either fresh or frozen raspberries. Using frozen raspberries is a pretty way to keep the drink cold, without watering it down. Do not muddle raspberries, as this will release the seeds and make for a cloudy drink.
What Type of Glassware to Use
A champagne flute is my go-to for sparkling cocktails such as this one, though you could use a martini glass or a coupe for a unique look. (See an example with our sparkling black cherry martini here!)
Want to use a stemless champagne glass, like the ones pictured here? These stemless glasses with gold glitter are available on Amazon and add a festive sparkle!
How to Make French Kiss Cocktail
Place a lemon slice or lemon twist into the bottom of a champagne flute.
If using vodka, pour to fill 1/3 of the glass.
Pour sparkling wine so that the glass is now 2/3 full. It will be about half and half vodka to champagne.
If you’re omitting the vodka, fill the glass 2/3 of the way with sparkling wine.
Top with Chambord, leaving about an inch of headspace at the top for your fruit.
Garnish with fresh or frozen raspberries.
You can give the drink a quick stir to mix, but do not shake. (You don’t ever want to shake a cocktail made with sparkling wine as it can foam up too much and make a mess. This also causes it to lose some of its fizz).
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French Kiss Cocktail Recipe (printable copy)
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French Kiss Cocktail
- 1 part Champagne
- 1 part Vodka
- 1 part Chambord
- Lemon Slices for garnish
- Fresh Raspberries for garnish
- Place a lemon slice or twist into bottom of champagne flute.
- Fill 1/3 of the glass with vodka.
- Fill another 1/3 with champagne. If omitting vodka, fill glass 2/3 of the way with sparkling wine.
- Top off with Chambord or raspberry liqueur. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
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