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The Royal Flush drink is a great way to use Crown Royal whiskey! Mix it with cranberry juice and peach schnapps for a sophisticated cocktail.

Royal Flush Drink

Looking for a way to use Crown Royal whiskey? Try the Royal Flush drink! This fun cocktail pairs sweet tart cranberry with the vanilla, brown sugar and oaky notes of Crown Royal. Add fruity peach schnapps, and it’s an intriguing way to drink your whiskey! We’ve mixed up this cocktail so it’s interesting and sophisticated, not overly sweet. Here’s how to make it!

What’s a Royal Flush drink?

The Royal Flush drink is a cocktail made with Crown Royal whiskey, cranberry juice, and peach schnapps. It’s named after the highest possible poker hand: ace, king, queen, jack, and ten in the same suit, making it an apt drink for card playing. Some recipes include Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur, but the original recipe doesn’t include it and the flavors work without the extra liqueur. Here’s what you’ll need for the Royal Flush drink:

Crown royal

Use 100% unsweetened cranberry juice

The type of cranberry juice to use in a Royal Flush drink? Unsweetened. We prefer using 100% unsweetened cranberry juice in all our cranberry cocktails. Here’s why:

  • Avoid sweetened cranberry juice, aka cranberry juice cocktail. It’s got lots of added sugar. These days you can find bottes marked with 100% juice or “unsweetened” cranberry juice.
  • Unsweetened juice brings balance and a bright color. The tartness of the cranberry is a great antidote to the fruity peach. It also makes a drink that’s a vibrant, bright red.
  • Use a little simple syrup to balance. It’s very tart, so we added a hint of simple syrup to balance it out. If you can only find sweetened cranberry juice, omit this!

More about Crown Royal whiskey

This Canadian whisky was introduced in 1939: it was a tribute to the royal tour of Canada of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It was available only in Canada until 1964, then introduced in the US in the 1960’s. Some people consider Canadian whisky at the lower strata of the whiskey world, but it’s very popular and can make a mean drink.

You can use any type of Crown Royal in this drink. There are lots of flavor variations that could work, like Apple, Peach, Vanilla, Black, and so forth. We wouldn’t recommend using the Maple Crown Royal here, though: its flavor is overpowering.

More about peach schnapps

Got a bottle of peach schnapps on hand? Peach schnapps is a type of schnapps made by adding peach flavoring to a clear grain spirit. It was introduced in 1984 by DeKuyper, and quickly became the top selling schnapps in America. The flavor is intensely fruity and peach-forward, making it great for adding flavor.

What other drinks have peach schnapps? Once you’ve used it for the Royal Flush, here are a few more peach schnapps cocktails to try:

Royal Flush Drink

When to serve a Royal Flush drink

The Royal Flush drink is a fruity, intriguing whiskey drink that’s great for a game night or anytime! Serve it as a:

  • Dinner party drink
  • Cocktail night drink
  • Guys night or girls night drink
  • Late night drink
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Royal Flush drink

Royal Flush Drink

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The Royal Flush drink is a great way to use Crown Royal whiskey! Mix it with cranberry juice and peach schnapps for a sophisticated cocktail.


  • 1 ounce* peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces Crown Royal whiskey
  • 1 ½ ounces 100% unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (omit if using sweetened cranberry juice)
  • Club soda, if desired
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)


  1. Fill a lowball glass with ice. Add the peach schnapps, Crown Royal, cranberry juice, and simple syrup and stir gently to combine.
  2. Add a splash of soda water if desired. Serve immediately.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons. Variation: If you have a Chambord or creme de cassis on hand, you can add ½ ounce to this drink to add a berry nuance, then adjust the simple syrup to taste.  

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktail
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Royal Flush drink

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. I made this but my own way put ice in a shaker do 2 shots of crown or 3 how ever you feel about half way with cranberry juice and a little v8 energy stawberry and shake it and you can serve it as a shot or a drink