Originating in 1895, the Widow’s Kiss is notable for containing not one, but TWO liqueurs created by monks: benedictine and yellow chartreuse. It gives the drink an herbal intensity that combined with the warmth and spice of Calvados (apple brandy) is hard to beat on a cold night.
I have a strong sense memory associated with this drink as the first time I had it was after returning to my NYC apartment in "SoPo" (South of Power Outage) once the electricity had been restored to the part of lower Manhattan most affected when Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. It’s an aptly named, heart-warmer of a cocktail.
Over ice in a mixing glass combine and stir the following:
1.5 oz Calvados (Apple Brandy)
3/4 oz Benedictine
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse (or 1/2 yellow and 1/2 green as a variation)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and wallow