The Corpse Reviver No. 2 or Corpse Reviver 2 is a 1930s classic cocktail that first appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. It’s a really citrusy and refreshing cocktail thanks to the orange liqueur (Cointreau or triple sec), lemon juice, and Lillet Blanc. If I had to compare it to any other cocktail in terms of flavor, it would be a French 75 without the bubbles.
The one spirit that jumps out in this cocktail is Lillet Blanc. Lillet is a French, wine-based aperitif that tastes like a sweet sauvignon blanc with a dry spiced finish. It’s absolutely essential for this cocktail, however, it’s sometimes substituted with Cocchi Americano.
The Corpse Reviver 2 earned its name from its hangover-curing qualities. It was said by barkeeps to raise you from the dead from a previous night’s overindulgence. I can personally agree it’s a fantastic brunch cocktail that should absolutely sit next to the bloody mary or mimosa. It’s smooth, lemony, subtly sweet, and not overly boozy with only 3/4 ounces of gin and low-proof liqueurs/aperitifs. Just enough punch to get you back on the wagon.
- Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
- Cointreau or triple sec
- Fresh lemon juice
- Absinthe (optional)
Classically this cocktail is made with absinthe, however, I wouldn’t say it’s absolutely necessary to successfully pull off the drink. You can mix in a barspoon of absinthe to add subtle absinthe/anise notes and flavor. It’s not for everyone, but I personally love it.
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A brightly refreshing and citrusy classic cocktail made with gin, Lillet Blanc, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice.
- 3/4 ounce gin
- 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
- 3/4 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Dash or barspoon Absinthe (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into the coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange.
Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano can be found with the other aperitifs (Campari and Aperol) and specialty liqueurs.
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