Widow's Kiss Recipe

Regardless of what Punxsatawney Phil happens to see when he's persuaded to emerge from his burrow in front of a battery of television cameras at Gobbler's Knob this weekend, there's plenty of winter yet to come. To keep seasonal affective disorder at bay, sometimes it's wise to embrace the season for its good points: steaming plates of comfort food are all the more comforting in the winter; you can build crackling fires in the fireplace to drive away the chill; and deep, brooding cocktails seem to provide extra solace at a time when daylight is still at a premium.

For moody, evocative drinks, look no further than the Widow's Kiss. First documented in 1895 by George Kappeler in Modern American Drinks, the Widow's Kiss is a powerfully flavored mixture of the distinctive French apple brandy, Calvados, plus ample measures of yellow Chartreuse and Benedictine —French herbal liqueurs with a long monastic heritage. Tinged with Angostura, the Widow's Kiss is rich, heady and potent; with a crackling fire in front of you and one of these inside you, February doesn't stand a chance.

Recipe Details

Widow's Kiss Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • 1 1/2 ounces Calvados

  • 3/4 ounce Yellow Chartreuse

  • 3/4 ounce Bénédictine

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • Garnish: cocktail cherry


  1. Pour Calvados, Chartreuse, Benedictine, and bitters into a mixing glass and fill with ice; stir briskly for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Special Equipment

Cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
285 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 285
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 74mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)