So the title might need to be reworked to make it a truly perfect wedding libation, but the Widow's Kiss is an ideal cocktail in the weather so many of you are enjoying. Complex and ever so spiced, this drink simply demands a crackling fireplace or a snowy view to enjoy it by!
1 1/2 oz Calvados or apple brandy
1/2 oz yellow or green chartreuse
1/2 oz Bénédictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; shake with ice for 5-10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Notes: This cocktail first appeared in George Kappeler’s Modern American Drinks, 1895; it's hard to argue with pedigree like that, but feel free to experiment with the proportions here. John and I like a half ounce each of green chartreuse and Bénédictine, but there's no reason to follow this recipe exactly. Cheers!