It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Widow’s Wink

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It’s Friday … Have a Drink: Widow’s Wink
Our weekly recommendation.

This is a somewhat less decadent version of a Widow’s Kiss. We’re only using one heavy, syrupy, herbal liqueur instead of two, and we’ve traded out expensive calvados for cost-saving (but still delicious!) Applejack. A little raspberry syrup adds some zing.

OK … this is so far from a Widow’s Kiss that it’s really pretty much its own drink. But that’s all right, because it’s still delicious. You can find raspberry syrup in most decent-sized grocery stores, and of course there’s a billion places to get it online.

Combine all ingredients in a pint glass over ice and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Luxardo maraschino cherry

This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.

Christopher Buecheler is a novelist, a web developer, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer, a guitarist, a drummer, and an NBA enthusiast. He lives a semi-nomadic life with his wife and two cats, currently residing in Providence, RI. You can learn more at his website,


  • Reply April 24, 2015


    Another winner! I had to buy a bottle of Calvados (I went with Berneroy VSOP), but it was well worth it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Awesome, glad to hear you liked it! I haven’t had Berneroy before, but I’ll keep an eye out.

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