Widows Kiss


The first mention of the Widow’s Kiss is in the 1895 book Modern American Drinks by George Kappeler. Kappeler was the head bartender at Holland House, a fancy New York hotel on the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. This cocktail flaunts the elegant shades of fruity brandy that is brown with a dazzling shade of gold. It is a mixture of herbal flavors with sweet and punchy booze that makes it the perfect choice to cherish by your fireplace watching the snow during Christmas.


  • 2 oz Brandy (preferable Calvados)
  • 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz Benedictine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherry


In a cocktail shaker, mix Benedictine, Green Chartreuse, and Brandy to blend together. Strain into a glass and garnish the drink with some maraschino cherry and serve. This Christmas make sure you serve some fine bottles of brandy infused into modern cocktails that will add some flavors to the spirit of the holidays.


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