Widow's Kiss

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Discerning Drinkers (101 ratings)

Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Photographed in a

Speakeasy Nick & Nora 4.75oz

Garnish:

Pair of skewered Luxardo maraschino cherries

How to make:

STIR (or shake) all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Calvados / apple brandy / straight applejack
1/2 fl oz Bénédictine D.O.M. liqueur
1/2 fl oz Yellow Chartreuse (or génépy liqueur)
2 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
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Review:

Herbal with hints of apple, mint and eucalyptus. This classic is also often made with green Chartreuse, but we prefer, as per classic recipes, with half Yellow Chartreuse and half Bénédictine.

Variant:

Jim Meehan's contemporary Widow's Kiss with 60ml (1oz) Bonded calvados, 7.5ml (¼oz) Yellow Chartreuse, 7.5ml (¼oz) Bénédictine, and 2 dashes aromatic bitters.

History:

Created by George J. Kappeler at New York City's Holland House Hotel. This recipe is adapted from his 1895 book Modern American Drinks.

Widow's Kiss
A mixing-glass half-full fine ice, two dashes Angostura bitters, one-half a pony yellow chartreuse, one-half a pony benedictine, one pony of apple brandy; shake well, strain into a fancy cocktail-glass, and serve.

George J. Kappeler, 1895

Kappler's recipe recipe translates as:
1 pony = 45ml = 1½oz Apple brandy (calvados)
½ pony = 22.5ml = ¾oz Bénédictine D.O.M.
½ pony = 22.5ml = ¾oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Nutrition:

One serving of Widow's Kiss contains 213 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.6 standard drinks
  • 29.44% alc./vol. (58.88° proof)
  • 22.3 grams of pure alcohol
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