Sometimes the best holiday drinks are just a fun twist on a classic, and that’s the case for this Dracula’s Kiss cocktail.
Because, ultimately, this drink is merely a jazzed up spiked cherry Coke with some fun garnishes. You can make it simple (as pictured) or you can go the extra mile and drizzle some grenadine down the glass for a more “bloody” look.
But no matter how you do it, this drink will be an easy win with your guests.
The true classics are always a hit.
What kind of Coke should you use for a cocktail?
The answer this can vary from person to person, but as a general rule, I’d recommend sticking to either “regular” Coke (and any flavor of it you might like, such as Vanilla Coke) or Coke Zero.
I would not recommend using diet Coke for this drink unless someone specifically requests it.
What kind of vodka should you use?
You could spike this drink with any type of vodka, but the recipe calls for black cherry vodka – which, depending on the stores in your area, may be hard to find.
So if you’re not able to track down black cherry vodka, you could also use cherry vodka or raspberry vodka. Or, if flavored vodka isn’t your thing, you could use your favorite straight vodka and add a touch more grenadine to balance it out.
How to measure this cocktail
This cocktail is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.”
This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this:
Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct.
For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”)
This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.
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How to make a Dracula’s Kiss cocktail
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – Fill a tall glass with ice, then pour in the black cherry vodka.
Step 2 – Next, pour in the grenadine.
Step 3 – Going slowly, pour in the Coke. The goal is to pour slow enough that the drink mixes a little but that most of the grenadine still sinks to the bottom. This will give the drink a red ombre look and go with the “Dracula” theme.
Step 4 – Garnish drink with two cherries (like two “puncture marks” from Dracula!) and serve it with a stirring straw. The idea is to serve this drink “unmixed” for the cool ombre look, but give the drinker the option to mix as they wish for the taste.
Dracula's Kiss Cocktail
A vampire twist on a classic drink, this Dracula's Kiss is the spooky version of a cherry coke. Serve it with lots of ice and two "puncture marks" (cherries).
In a tall glass full of ice, pour in black cherry vodka and grenadine.
Slowly pour coke over ice, filling to taste or to the rim of the glass. If possible, avoid stirring the drink too much before serving; the red coloring that pools at the bottom is what helps give this drink the "Dracula" theme.
Garnish cocktail with two cherries (like two "puncture marks") and serve with a stirring straw.