Those who know me, know that I prefer my alcohol in the form of whiskey.. preferably a rye.. and typically not mixed with anything other than ice if anything at all. Summer’s a different story. Thanks to a friend of mine who introduced me to the glory of a Pimm’s Cup, we make sure we have a bottle of Pimm’s on hand during warmer months. However, the heatwave that tortured Philly last month had me craving something lighter and more refreshing. Maybe it was the sentimentality playing on my tastebuds – before bourbon, I wouldn’t drink anything except gin – but I found myself in the mood for a Corpse Reviver #2.
Sadly, I’ve been disappointed when ordering them at bars as there always seems to be at least one ingredient missing, but I did have some luck at Goat Hollow where the bartender wasn’t familiar with the drink but was up to the challenge.
I figured it would just be easier making it at home. Since we FINALLY got all the ingredients last weekend – tracking down absinthe was a pain, I thought I’d share the recipe on the blog.
There’s a number of variations on the Corpse Reviver which appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock in 1930 – yes, as in the Savoy Hotel. Apparently, the drink got its name from its original function – a hair of the dog hangover cure. No. 2 seems to be the most popular, although there’s a lot of variations on it alone as well.
I told Graham that nothing good usually happens after I’ve had a Corpse Reviver. In the past, I’ve burned my hand on a tatertot-covered cookie sheet while drungry (I still have a scar) and also dropped my keys down an elevator shaft coming home from the bar (it was a long wait for my roommate that night). I really should rename this drink the “Curse Reviver.” After looking at the ingredients, Graham said, “Well, no wonder.. it’s basically all alcohol.”See? Anyhow..
- 1 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Lillet
- 1 oz Gin
- Dash of Absinthe or Pernod
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with orange or lemon peel.
Yes, that’s a wine glass. We don’t own cocktail glasses (aka martini glasses). I’m ashamed of drinking cocktails in glasses other than tumblers, yes, that includes martinis.
Yes, that’s a cherry. No, you shouldn’t add it; it’s there for photo aesthetics only.
Yes, after I took this photo, I got rid of the maraschino and dumped the drink into a tumbler.. that’s how I roll.
There’s also a version called the Kentucky Corpse Reviver that uses bourbon instead of gin. I refuse to ruin perfectly good bourbon for this drink.
PS. It’s been 6 hours and I have not burned, maimed, or lost anything yet.