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How to Make a Widow’s Kiss, the Apple Brandy Cocktail That’ll Make You Weak in the Knees

“As the scene opens, you are up in your grandmother’s attic opening the dusty steamer trunk she brought from Europe in 1914. You reverently turn back layer upon layer of old lace and brocade … unveiling a packet of old love letters tied in silk ribbon. Ancient dried rose petals flutter down from between the envelopes.

“This is what the Widow’s Kiss is like. Sweet, complex and darkly golden, thought-provoking and introspective. It is a cocktail of fall turning toward winter and it wins [my] award as the most evocative drink ever. Have one by the fire.”

1.5 oz. apple brandy

0.75 oz. Benedictine

0.75 oz. Yellow Chartreuse

1-2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir ingredients on ice for 15 to 30 seconds (less time for smaller ice, more time for bigger). Strain off ice into a coupe and garnish with a cherry or lemon peel.


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