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Corpse Reviver No.2 Cocktail Recipe

Apr 20, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The No.2 is the most well-known cocktail out of the entire “corpse reviver family”, which is a kind of drink that is meant as a hangover cure from drinking the night before.

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 It is known as one of the classic gin cocktails of all time, and is still the most popular cocktail out of the “family” today, despite not being the original. This is probably attested to the lasting popularity of gin over brandy, as brandy is less sought-after by modern drinkers.  This particular version incorporates the storied absinthe, and is one of the stronger drinks in the group of cocktails, which may be another reason for its popularity.


  • 1 ounce of gin
  • 1 ounce of Lillett Blanc or Cocchi Americano
  • 1 ounce of orange liquor
  • 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Dash of absinthe


  1. Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with absinthe.
  2. Pour the other ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glass

It should be noted that the absinthe can be added before the cocktail is mixed, or after, as each method contributes a different taste to the cocktail.  An orange peel is the most common garnish when it comes to the drink, but a lemon peel is acceptable as well. Many people compare the drink to a morning version of a sidecar, and a great-tasting cocktail that is permitted in the morning socially.  The absinthe adds an herbal dimension to the cocktail that is welcome to many absinthe fans, naturally. There are many variations of the Corpse Reviver, but this is by far the most popular, and with good reason, but it should be noted that each region and time period had its own take on the famous cocktail.  In fact, the cocktail is the kind of staple that simultaneously lets the modern mixologist honor tradition while putting their own spin on old pre-Prohibition drinks. The beauty of the drink is that you have the excuse to drink it earlier than usual. Do yourself a favor and revive your mind and spirit with the Corpse Reviver No.2 today!



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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