Corpse Reviver 2 Recipe

A brightly refreshing and citrusy classic cocktail made with gin, Lillet Blanc, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice.

Corpse Reviver 2 Recipe

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a timeless classic cocktail featuring equal parts gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice. Despite the morbid name, It’s a citrusy and refreshing cocktail that is very similar to the French 75 without the fizz. While it’s a lesser-known classic cocktail, it’s one of our favorites and is an undeniable crowdpleaser that is very easy to sip.

The Corpse Reviver 2 first appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock in the 1930s. It’s said to have earned its name from its hangover-curing qualities, raising one from the darkness of a previous night’s overindulgence.

I can personally attest it’s a fantastic brunch cocktail that should sit next to the Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or even the French 75. It’s citrusy, floral, subtly sweet, and a reasonably low-proof cocktail that goes down very easily. A word of caution and to quote Harry Craddock, “Four of these taken in swift succession will un-revive the corpse again.”


The Corpse Reviver No. 2 exhibits a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and herbal flavors.

  • Gin: Gin adds natural botanicals and complimentary citrusy notes that blend really well with the citrus-forward ingredients in the cocktail. I typically use London dry gin but you can also experiment with different flavored gins.
  • Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano: 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 cocktail is simply not the same without it.
  • Cointreau or triple sec: Orange liqueur adds additional citrus, orange notes, and subtle sweetness that rounds out the entire drink, making it very crushable. Use Cointreau for a more balanced and higher-end feel.
  • Lemon juice: Always opt for fresh lemon juice when possible for refreshing tartness.
  • Absinthe: 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 bar spoon of absinthe to add subtle anise flavor and aroma. You can also do an absinthe rinse with the glass.

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Corpse Reviver 2 Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: English


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)


  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and double strain into a chilled 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.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 121
  • Sugar: 12.5g
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.8g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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