This drink was created during the era of terms generally associated with sex. A kiss on the lips is such a widely used expression it is extremely difficult to determine who’s lips were kissed to bring about this shooter. Here is an early printing of this drink:
Complete Home Bartender’s Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink – Page 144 by Salvatore Calabrese in 2002
“Kiss on the Lips An easy-to-mix cocktail with a hint of peach flavor on top of the taste of bourbon. 2oz/6cl 5oz/15cl bourbon apricot nectar Pour the bourbon and apricot nectar into a highball filled with ice. Stir.”
Perhaps, it was not any event that caused this drink to be part of modern american drinking culture, it is indeed as sweet as a kiss on the lips and this very well may be where it’s name derives from.
There is a large confusion over what this drink originally contained, but without a doubt it was a shooter. Many sources claim it was mango nector, but admittingly, the apricot version has been called before. Many guides neglect to mention this classic cocktail and it is unclear why, it surely is delicous regardless of what you use to make it.
This drink dates between 1977 – 1984 and contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients:
Strain these ingredients into a chilled shot glass.