Corpse Reviver No.2
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Corpse Reviver No.2
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.62 / 5
The Corpse Reviver No.2 stands out as a classic cocktail that has surged in popularity among aficionados searching for an elegant, yet invigorating mixed drink. Originating from the early 20th ... more The Corpse Reviver No.2 stands out as a classic cocktail that has surged in popularity among aficionados searching for an elegant, yet invigorating mixed drink. Originating from the early 20th century, this cocktail is part of a family of "Corpse Reviver" cocktails intended to jolt the drinker back to life with its crisp and refreshing taste. The blend of dry gin, Triple Sec, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, a hint of absinthe, and a touch of sugar syrup, served in a chilled cocktail glass, creates a harmoniously balanced drink with citrus and botanical notes, finished with a subtle aniseed flavour from the absinthe. Perfect for those looking to explore classic cocktails, the Corpse Reviver No.2 is a testament to the enduring appeal of well-crafted mixology.
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Dry gin
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23.48% | 2.23 units *
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Classic

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Ingredients

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22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
2 dashes 2 dashes 2 dashes
2.5ml 0.1oz 0.3cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a beautifully complex yet refreshing cocktail, brilliantly reviving weary taste buds with its invigorating combination of flavors. The dry gin and Triple Sec provide a floral and zesty citrus base, with Lillet Blanc smoothing out the profile with its subtle sweetness and hint of quinine, all lifted by the tartness of fresh lemon juice and a provocative whisper of absinthe to add depth. This well-balanced concoction pairs botanical verve with citrus zest, making it a sophisticated choice for those seeking an elegant but striking drink.

Method
How to make a Corpse Reviver No.2

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by adding all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Vigorously shake the mixture for 10-15 seconds, or until the exterior of the shaker feels cold and a bit frosted
After shaking, use a fine strainer to pour the mixture into a glass that has been chilled beforehand
This helps to ensure your drink is smooth and without unwanted ice shards
Enjoy your freshly crafted cocktail, ideally served immediately for the best taste experience

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Corpse Reviver No.2?

The Corpse Reviver No.2 is part of a family of cocktails that were intended as 'hair of the dog' hangover cures, hence the name 'Corpse Reviver'. It became particularly popular after being featured in the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock in 1930. The No.2 version is the most famous of the series, known for its perfect balance of ingredients and refreshing taste.

FAQ

What distinguishes the Corpse Reviver No.2 from other cocktails?

Corpse Reviver No.2 is distinguished by its unique combination of ingredients that provide a balance of citrus and herbal notes, with a slight hint of anise from the absinthe. It's a sophisticated blend that's both potent and refreshing. Its role as a hangover cure and part of a series of Corpse Reviver cocktails also sets it apart.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in Corpse Reviver No.2?

While it's possible to substitute ingredients, it may significantly change the flavor profile of the cocktail. If Lillet Blanc is unavailable, another aromatized wine like Cocchi Americano can be a close substitute. However, substituting absinthe or Triple Sec may result in a cocktail that's quite different from the classic Corpse Reviver No.2.

FAQ

Is there a specific glassware recommended for serving Corpse Reviver No.2?

Yes, the Corpse Reviver No.2 is traditionally served in a chilled cocktail glass. This enhances its elegance and ensures the cocktail stays cold, complementing its crisp and refreshing taste.

FAQ

What's the best time to enjoy a Corpse Reviver No.2?

Given its history as a morning-after tonic, the Corpse Reviver No.2 can be enjoyed as a brunch cocktail or as a pick-me-up at any time of the day. However, its sophisticated flavor profile makes it a great choice for evening gatherings or dinner parties as well.

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