Corpse Reviver #2
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Corpse Reviver #2
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.28 / 5
There are several Corpse Reviver recipes floating around, but this one is considered by most to be the best-tasting. It was first published in Harry Craddock's infamous "Savoy Cocktail Book" ... more There are several Corpse Reviver recipes floating around, but this one is considered by most to be the best-tasting. It was first published in Harry Craddock's infamous "Savoy Cocktail Book" in 1930. It's interesting to note that all of the Corpse Revivers were originally designed to be "hair-of-the-dog" drinks for the morning after!

If you're not familiar with Old Tom gin, it's a rounder, more viscous, slightly sweeter gin than the London dry ones you're probably used to, making this cocktail one that even gin-haters will love!
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Microbadges

Savoy Cockail Book
Cocktail Of The Day
100 Cocktails To Try Before You Die
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Absinthe
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Lemon
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26.45% | 2.91 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Corpse Reviver #2 is a complex ballet of botanicals and citrus, mingling Cointreau’s orange sweetness with the tartness of lemon juice, both beautifully balanced by the aromatic Lillet Blanc and the potent undercurrents of gin. A whisper of absinthe rinses the glass, lending a subtle, mysterious edge to this vibrantly refreshing concoction, rendering it a delightful choice for sweeping the cobwebs away after a heavy night.

Method
How to make a Corpse Reviver #2

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Rinse a chilled glass with the absinthe
Discard (or drink) any excess
Pour the rest of the ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds then strain into the absinthe-coated glass
Garnish with a lemon peel and serve
~ If you don't already have Lillet Blanc in your bar, try and find Cocchi Americano instead...it's closer in taste to the Kina Lillet that was originally called for in this recipe and improves the flavour profile. If you can't find these a sweet vermouth will do at a pinch. ~

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Corpse Reviver #2?

The Corpse Reviver #2 is part of a series of cocktails from the early 20th century intended as hangover cures, hence the name 'Corpse Reviver'. It is the most popular variant from the series, first listed in Harry Craddock’s 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' in 1930. The drink was designed to 'revive' those suffering from the night before.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the correct way to incorporate Absinthe into a Corpse Reviver #2?

For the Corpse Reviver #2, Absinthe is used to coat the inside of the glass, imparting its distinct flavor without overwhelming the drink. To do this, pour a small amount of Absinthe into the cocktail glass, swirl it to coat the sides, and then discard any excess liquid before adding the other ingredients.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute anything for Lillet Blanc in a Corpse Reviver #2?

While Lillet Blanc is traditional for Corpse Reviver #2, you can substitute it with other similar aperitif wines like Cocchi Americano or dry vermouth if Lillet Blanc isn't available. These substitutes will slightly alter the flavor profile but should maintain the spirit of the original cocktail.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Corpse Reviver #2 compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 26.45%, the Corpse Reviver #2 falls into the medium-high range of alcohol content for classic cocktails. It's stronger than a Margarita (about 26%) but less potent than a Martini, which can exceed 30% alcohol by volume, depending on how it's made.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best time to serve a Corpse Reviver #2?

Traditionally, the Corpse Reviver #2 was considered a morning cocktail, intended to cure hangovers. While it's a strong choice for brunch or a late breakfast, its refreshing and complex flavor profile also makes it a fitting choice for happy hours or a sophisticated evening starter.

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