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Hidden Cocktails: Widow’s Kiss

A drink with all the elegance of a dangerous woman

With the huge number of cocktails out in the world, it’s not surprising that a few fall through the cracks. There are hidden gems in those lost cocktails, delicious drinks that everybody would probably enjoy. This week we’re focusing on The Widow’s Kiss


This drink first appeared in George Kappeler’s 1895 book, Modern American Drinks. The Widow’s Kiss is complex, sweet, and has lingering herbal flavors. It has the kind of mysterious allure that a femme fatal does, with all of that delectable danger represented in one glass.



1.5 ounces of Apple Brandy

.75 ounces of Yellow Chartreuse

.75 ounces of Benedictine

2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 Cherry


Combine the ingredients (minus the cherry) in a mixing glass half full of ice and stir

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Garnish with a cherry


What do you think of The Widow’s Kiss? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!


Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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