Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Corpse Reviver #2

The Corpse Reviver #2

Ingrediants:
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 drops of Absinthe, Pernod or Herbsaint
Place all ingredients in a coctail shaker filled with ice and shake for 20 seconds.  Serve without a garnish.


The Corpse Reviver #2 (there were apparently several of them), is an old pre-Prohibition cocktail.  There's a warning in an early 20th century bartender guide, that 4 of these imbibed in rapid succession will "un-revive" the corpse.  It was a hair-of-the-dog coctail, must like a Side Car.  I'd read about it for years and decided to give it a whirl on Sunday afternoon, before dinner.  

It is essentially a classic Sour recipe, and packs a BIG citrusy punch with the Cointreau and lemon juice. Lillet Blanc is a fortified wine, like a vermouth, from France that is famously an ingredient in James Bond's lethal Vesper Martini.  Lillet Blanc has a bittersweet, syrupy citrusy quality.  I have drunk it on-the-rocks before, but really prefer it as a back-taste in a cocktail.

If you enjoy daiquiris or gimlets you will probably enjoy the Corpse Reviver #2.  

Recommended!

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