Classic Recipe: The Widow’s Kiss

Classic Recipe: The Widow’s Kiss

This weekend Eric Felten wrote about the Widow’s Kiss in the Wall Street Journal, a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1890s at least. Tried one today — using his recipe, which is cribbed from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails — and found it as I remembered, still too sweet and overwhelming with Chartreuse (which I actually quite like), even with less liqueur than it was originally constructed with. See what you think.

The Widow’s Kiss
2 oz. calvados
1/2 oz. yellow Chartreuse
1/2 oz. Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice and straing into a stemmed cocktail glass.

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. blair frodelius on November 16, 2008 at 5:18 am

    A very herbal cocktail. I like the blend of liqueurs, but I thought it was rather sweet. Another good name would be a Ricola Cocktail.

  2. Christopher Null on November 16, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Haha – Ricola. That’s a good comparison!

  3. AK on November 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve found that a dash of lemon juice, and swapping the cherry for a lemon twist, is an excellent way to cut the sweetness without damaging the balance.

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