The Corpse Reviver in its original days of the 1920s and 30s, was a morning-after drink intended to ‘revive’ those who came into the bar the morning after a heavy night out.
The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock said:
“To be taken before 11am or whenever steam and energy are needed”
There were many different variations of the Corpse Reviver but two recipes have remained throughout the years to this day. The original Corpse Reviver or Corpse Reviver #1 as its’s also known mixes brandy, Calvados and sweet vermouth. It is not the strongest cocktail there is so it is likely that the ‘revival’ was due to the flavour rather than alcoholic quality.
The Corpse Reviver #2 is a far more interesting cocktail and varies greatly to its predecessor. It is more popular by far than the original, likely due to the fact that gin, its main base ingredient is much more popular in the young drinking scene these days than brandy.
It’s gin, lemon and Cointreau mixture is a great taste and that dash of absinthe will surely wake you up. This will be a perfect cocktail for the morning after your Halloween party when everyone needs a pick me up before going on with their day!
Here’s the recipe for the Corpse Reviver #2:
- 22.5 ml gin
- 22.5 ml lemon juice
- 22.5 ml Cointreau
- 22.5 ml Lillet
- 1 dash of absinthe
- Coat the inside of the cocktail glass in the absinthe.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add gin, lemon juice. Cointreau and Lillet.
- Shake well for 10 seconds.
- Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glasses