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The Corpse Reviver

Posted by Reese on 2008-12-28 @ 09:14pm

As you well know New Year’s Eve is this week.  For a lot of people this means (heavy) drinking.  There is a strong liklihood that somewhere, someone, possibly even a CH reader, will have a run in with a hangover this week.  I’m not claiming to know the future here, or anything crazy like that, just saying that the probabilities are leaning that way.  So, in that vein, it seems only appropriate to feature a cocktail this week that is the namesake of a category of drinks (Corpse Revivers) that are intended to be morning eye-openers or a bit of the hair of the dog.


I’m going to focus on two classic Corpse Reviver recipes both from Harry Cradock’s “Savoy Cocktail Book” and listed here in the form shown in “The Joy of Mixology” by Gary Regan.

Corpse Reviver #1
2 oz Applejack
3/4 oz Brandy
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1) Combine over ice.
2) Stir until chilled.
3) Strain into a cocktail glass.

Corpse Reviver #2
3/4 oz Gin
3/4 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz Lillet Blonde
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Absinthe (substitute) to taste (Go Easy)
1) Combine over ice.
2) Shake until chilled.
3) Strain into a cocktail glass.

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