DIY: Halloween Edition

One of the best parts of any holiday is undoubtedly the customary imbibing that comes along with it. This is especially true at Halloween when those forgotten cocktail classics rise up from the dead to wreak havoc on the livers of the living. One of best, booziest and creepiest of all the old-time classics is the Widow’s Kiss.

Available at The Roosevelt Room (which is rumored to share a hallway with its own haunting) in a slightly modified rendition of the original recipe, this powerfully potent potable has enough booze to knock you dead.

Serve it up at home to your friends, enemies, ex-lovers or any other characters of ill repute. It’s your funeral.

The Widow’s Kiss

The Widow's Kiss

Photo Courtesy of The Roosevelt Room

* Created by George Kappeler in the early-1890s.

* First appeared in Kappeler’s book Modern American Drinks in 1895.

Recipe Courtesy of The Roosevelt Room


1.5 oz Calvados

.5 oz Benedictine

.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse

2 dashes Angostura bitters


  1. Combine ingredients
  2. Stir well,
  3. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon peel.
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