Learn how to master the art of mixing a Corpse Reviver No. 2, an iconic drink of 4 different liquors that has captivated bartenders and enthusiasts alike since its inception.
Are you looking to add a touch of elegance and mystery to your cocktail repertoire? Look no further than the Corpse Reviver No. 2, a classic cocktail that has been captivating imbibers for decades.
With its intriguing name and blend of unique ingredients, this drink is as enigmatic as it is delicious.
I, Ashley will delve into the origins of the Corpse Reviver No. 2, explore its distinctive flavor profile, and provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make this timeless libation at home.
So grab your shaker and get ready to revive your taste buds with the Corpse Reviver No. 2.
What is a Corpse Reviver? Why is It Called Corpse Reviver 2?
Corpse revivers are a family of cocktails consumed for the purpose of “curing” a hangover or more so, “reviving” someone from the dead.
The Corpse Reviver 2 (also referred to as the Corpse Reviver No. 2) is a classic from Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book. Published in the 1930s, the book is a staple in the mixology community and still in print.
Because of its spooky name, the cocktail is a favorite for Halloween celebrations!
It has 4 different liquors, which might seem intimidating. But it is really rather simple to put together with equal parts of all of the ingredients.
It’s dead easy to mix up you could say, and a great alternative if you are looking for a citrusy refreshing sipper to enjoy and help revive you!
All of the spirits used in this drink are staples in making classic cocktails. So they are great to keep on hand if you are learning to make drinks or have a fondness for traditional tipples.
You’ll need the following:
Lillet Blanc — A French aperitif wine similar to vermouth. The original recipe used Kina Lillet, which is now discontinued. Sometimes Cocchi Americano is used as a replacement.
We prefer Lillet Blanc, which is slightly sweet and floral to balance out all the other liquors. Also found in the Vesper Martini.
Gin — The Savoy recipe recommends London dry gin versus regular gin. London dry gin is not sweetened, and thus, less syrupy and features herbal notes.
Cointreau Orange Liqueur — Or substitute with triple sec, Grand Marnier, or Curacao.
Fresh lemon juice
Absinthe — Most recipes call for a dash, but we like incorporating absinthe in via an atomizer. Also found in the Zombie Cocktail, another Halloween favorite.
Cocktail cherry — For garnish. Our go-to is always the Luxardo Maraschino Cherry. These gourmet cherries are pricier compared to others. However, they contain no preservations or thickening agents.
Lemon twist — For garnish.
What is an Atomizer for Cocktails?
Instead of adding the absinthe to the shaker, we pour it into an atomizer (a small spray bottle) and spritz it on cocktail at the end to highlight the anise notes.
As a cocktail maker, we already have an atomizer on hand. (It’s a fun and fancy bar tool to have!)
However, if you do not have an atomizer, simply rinse the glass with absinthe by adding a small amount to the coupe. Swirl and dump it out before pouring the cocktail.
How to Make a Corpse Reviver 2
1 — In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and fresh lemon juice. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients well.
2 — Strain into a chilled coupe or chilled cocktail glass.
3 — Spritz absinthe on top of the drink.
4 — Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.
If you do not have an atomizer: Before you pour in the liquor mixture, rinse the glass with absinthe by adding a dash of absinthe to the coupe. Swirl the absinthe around the glass to coat the inside, then discard any excess.
Recipe Notes and Tips
Chill the glass:
Chilling the cocktail glass is crucial to maintaining the drink’s desired temperature. You can chill the glass in the freezer or by filling it with ice water before making the cocktail.
Presentation is key:
A well-presented cocktail enhances the overall experience. Use a stylish glass, garnish with care, and consider the overall aesthetic. A coupe is typically the glass of choice since it was popular for Prohibition era cocktails.
Absinthe or absinthe substitute:
Absinthe has a strong and distinctive flavor, so use it sparingly. If you don’t have absinthe, you can use an absinthe substitute or rinse the glass with pastis. Be cautious not to overpower the cocktail with too much anise flavor.
Easy Halloween Drinks
Corpse Reviver No. 2 Recipe
- 1 oz Lillet Blanc
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 4 spritz or rinse absinthe
- 1 lemon twist for garnish
- 1 cocktail cherry for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and fresh lemon juice. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients well.
- Strain into a chilled coupe or chilled cocktail glass.
- Spritz absinthe on top of the drink. (If you do not have an atomizer, before you pour in the liquor mixture, rinse the glass with absinthe by adding a dash of absinthe to the coupe. Swirl the absinthe around the glass to coat the inside, then discard any excess.
- Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.
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