Retro Cocktail for May: Corpse Reviver No. 1
“Revivers” were commonplace in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as hangover cures, the proverbial "hair of the dog." Which begs the question of why a drink as potent as this one would be the go-to remedy after a night of rampant excess. The "Corpse Reviver No. 1" was invented by Frank Meier of the Ritz Bar in Paris. And it appears in our old friend Harry Craddock’s seminal 1930 manual, The Savoy Cocktail Book. Unlike the "Corpse Reviver No. 2" (which is gin-based and also quite delicious), the “No. 1” is brandy forward (an understatement) with three ounces total, plus one ounce of sweet Vermouth. Which begs another question: What if the night before, all you drank were "Corpse Reviver No.1s" to the point of incapacitation? Would you then return to this the next morning? (Ah yes! The "Corpse Reviver No. 2"!)
Corpse Reviver No. 1
2 parts D’Ussé Cognac VSOP* 1 part Laird's Old Apple Brandy 1 part Vya Sweet Vermouth
Stir over ice, then pour into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
*Other recipes have only 1 part Cognac and a half part of Vermouth, but this one is more kickass.
To try the "Corpse Reviver No. 2" visit the BLOG entry for September 1. 2016:
D’Ussé Cognac VSOP
Laird's Old Apple Brandy
Harry Craddock—head bartender of the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel, London (ca. 1930)