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.
- 2 oz. Applejack (I recommend Laird’s)
- 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth (I used Noilly Prat)
- .75 oz. Benedictine
- .25 oz. Raspberry Syrup
- Dash Orange Bitters (I like Fee Brothers)
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.