Want to learn the secret of a sour gin cocktail that could wake the dead? The Corpse Reviver No 2 is a citrus-based blend with a deceptive amount of punch. Originally developed as a potent hangover cure to be taken the morning after a heavy night, this sharp blend is also a great way to brighten up cocktail night and introduce a tangy twist to your palette.
What Is a Corpse Reviver No 2?
This tangy treat is one of a series of cocktails that were popular in the pre-prohibition era and are believed to date back to the 1870s. The Corpse Reviver blends were designed to refresh those who were feeling the effects of overconsumption and include sharp flavors to cut through a hangover. Amazingly, despite their considerable alcohol content, these cocktails were designed to be drunk in the morning, first thing after waking up!
The Corpse Reviver family fell out of fashion post-prohibition but were brought back into circulation later in the century. The recipes were written down in Henry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book, compiled in 1930. When modern bartenders took inspiration from these retro classics, the Corpse Reviver cocktail set was – appropriately – brought back to life!
What Do You Need to Make It?
This drink is designed to tingle your tongue and stimulate your senses. It is traditionally gin-based with the addition of Lillet Blanc – a type of dry vermouth. Lemon juice, orange liqueur, and orange peel are used to add an aromatic quality to the mixture. Traditionally, you also rinse out the glasses in which it is served with absinthe to add a trace of aniseed.
Corpse Riviver No 2
- ¾ Oz Gin
- ¾ Oz Lillet Blanc
- ¾ Oz Cointreau
- ¼ Oz Lemon Juice
- 1 Orange Peel Garnish
- Chill your glasses by leaving them to sit for 5 minutes filled with ice and a splash of soda water. Toss the ice and soda water away and then rinse the glasses out with a dash of absinthe.
- Half fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add ¾ ounce of gin, 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc, 3/4 ounce orange liqueur, and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Shake well and then strain into glasses.
- Add an orange peel twist to the side of the glass for the perfect aromatic garnish. Serve and enjoy!
Despite its pleasantly light and refreshing flavor, this zesty number has a surprisingly high alcohol content. It’s best to sip slowly at the start of a night – or with brunch if you prefer. Delightful citrus layers and tart flavors will certainly go down smoothly and lend this flirty cocktail some staying power on most bar menus.