Retro Cocktail for September: Corpse Reviver No. 2


Our Retro Cocktail for September is the more famous of the two "reviver drinks" still extant from the Prohibition Era. (See the BLOG entry for May 1, 2016... Retro Cocktail for May: Corpse Reviver No. 1)

Supposedly, there was so much drinking during Prohibition that so-called "reviver" drinks were created as salutary hangover cures. Although the inventor of today's cocktail, Harry Craddock himself, stated, "If you drink three or four of these in a row, then the corpse will no longer be revived but will revert back to being a corpse." Ah, modern medicine!

CORPSE REVIVER #2* 1 part Beefeater Gin 1 part Cointreau 1 part Lillet Blanc** 1 part fresh-squeezed Lemon juice Shake over ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Pour a dash of Pastis de Marseille*** on top and coat the rim of the glass with some as well. Garnish with an orange twist. *This recipe first appeared back in 1930, in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Handbook. **And of course you can substitute Aperitivo Cocchi Americano for the Lillet Blanc, which would approximate the flavor of Kina Lillet, and the way this drink originally tasted.

***That little dash of Pastis (or absinthe)... Sublime.

Here's one I made with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur in place of Cointreau, with Bombay Sapphire Gin. Equally delicious!

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