Friday, January 20, 2012

Widow's Kiss


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!


Widow's Kiss

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!

Photo by Jaime Chung for Bon Appétit.

18 comments:

  1. One of my favorite colors!! Lovely!! Happy Happy Weekend Miss Lena!

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  2. This is one of those times when I don't know what a single ingredient in this drink is :P But I like reading about them all the same! Hope you have a good weekend! :)

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  3. Oh wow. Love the name of this cocktail! And looks delish!

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  4. We're finally supposed to get a little snow this weekend (fingers crossed!) so this cocktail may come in handy. Happy Weekend~

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  5. looks amazing. Will have to put it on my list of things to indulge in after the twins arrive.

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  6. If only our bar were stocked to make this - it sounds divine to sip by the fire! Happy weekend, Lena!

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  7. I love the name it sounds so mysterious! Hppy wknd! xx

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  8. 1856, dang, that's some history! I'll take one by the fireplace please. Happy Weekend Lena!

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  9. well the forecast is calling for snow. I think the alcohol Gods are trying to tell me something.

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  10. yum! brandy and bitters.. right up my alley! have a great weekend, doll! xoxo

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  11. Apple brandy? Count me in! Have a great weekend. xo style, she wrote

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  12. cheers to the weekend! this looks amazing. YOU! you would LOVE this bar in Fort Worth called The Usual. They are mixologists to the max and the drinks are PHENOMENAL.

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  13. Lol I just burst into laughter in this cafe at midnight... By myself! You are a crack up! Thanks for the sweet comments :)
    This sounds so good! I'm going to check if the bar I work at has these ingredients :)!!

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  14. No no, this is the perfect drink for a wedding. Leave the name as it is. haha ;)

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  15. Unless the Mistress finally got her big day ;)

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