Widow's Laurel

allspice dram Oct 25, 2017

Let's focus a bit on glassware, such an essential part of any cocktail. We love going glassware hunting. The charity shops in Stockholm see us frequently, and we can never resist a good glass temptation.

The coupe glasses in this photograph we spotted on a recent trip to Berlin, in a charity shop on Friedrich Straße. There were four of them, in perfect condition, but with no price tag. As the selection in the shop seemed quite curated we expected a hefty price tag but were really surprised to find out the shop owner only wanted 10 euro for the four (about 12 USD). We obviously bought them on the go.

First glass broke already when we got back to our hotel room. When unwrapping the glasses from the protective paper one glass somehow slipped and shattered all over the floor.

Second glass broke when moving our cabin baggage from under the seat in the plane after having just landed in Stockholm. We somehow put too much pressure on the bag and could clearly hear how a glass shattered inside it.

But at least two out of four glasses made it to this photo shoot and it was clear after the death of the two other glasses we needed to make a Widow's Laurel by Joaquin Simó from Death & Co in New York City.

Third glass ALMOST broke just as the shot was over. Our DLR camera was still on its tripod, but we hadn't secured the tripod head enough and the camera tipped over, crashing into one of the glasses, making half the cocktail spill out. But the glass actually survived! Would have been almost too ironic if we had been left with only one glass after this widow shoot!

Anyone else like vintage glassware hunting by the way?

Widow's Laurel



2 oz Calvados
0,5 oz Drambuie
0.5 oz Carpano Antica Formula vermouth
1 teaspoon allspice dram
1 dash Angostura bitters


Stir all ingredients with ice, and strain into desired glassware. Decorate with three brandied cherries.