There are cocktails with names that pop out at people – and the “corpse reviver” is one of them. You may have concluded that this is a storied drink with a history, and that it is a hangover drink. The reason why the drink was created was to be part of the “corpse reviver” family, an entire selection of “hair of the dog” drinks that were meant to be the perfect morning cocktails to recover from a hangover by…well…drinking more!
The famed cocktail book, The Savoy Cocktail Book, says explicitly, the cocktail is a drink “to be taken before 11 am, or whenever steam and energy are needed”. This original version involves brandy, although there are many other versions of the drink. It should be noted that it has been overcome by the No.2 version in modern times, because of modern drinkers and their preference for gin over brandy.
- 1.5 ounces of brandy
- ¾ ounce of sweet vermouth
- ¾ ounce of apple brandy
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
The drink really was used as a cure for hangover drinks, rather than as an afternoon cocktail. In fact, experienced drinkers even took some aspirin with the drink for decades in order to recover from the previous night. It by no means is a light morning drink, such as a mimosa, but simply is a strong-flavored cocktail that is known to rouse the senses, and hence wake the drinker up. The phrase cocktail reviver in general has been referred to as early as the 1860s. As a result, they were extremely popular in the 1800s and early 1900s, but its popularity has faded after Prohibition. Regardless, the bottom line is that sometimes we all need a drink that can help us recover and this cocktail might be the perfect solution. If youre a brandy fan, or simply want to enjoy the original Corpse Reviver, this is the obvious choice for you.