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Corpse Reviver #1 – Big Glass o’ Brown Spirits

Posted by Reese on 2009-01-09 @ 04:53pm

This week I’ve been focusing most of my efforts on the Corpse Reviver #2.  In the intro post I mentioned that there was also a Corpse Reviver #1 in the Savoy Cocktail Book.  Feeling a need to do my due diligence I mixed up the CR #1 to get an idea what it was like.  The first thing I have down in my notes is that it’s a “Big glass o’ brown spirits” and that it truly is.

Corpse Reviver #1

This cocktail makes the applejack the true star of the show.  It is only very lightly adulterated by the addition of sweet vermouth and brandy.  I found this drink to be very dry and overall only okay.  It wasn’t particularly balanced and tasted like a less well thought out Manhattan.  I noted that the addition of bitters might help to add some additional dimension to the flavor profile.  But, if you’re going to start adding ingredients like bitters and changing the ratios then I think you’d be better off just making a Manhattan with applejack.  We already know that mixture is a winner.  I’ll leave you with a comment from Diffords Guide #7.  This drink is “Dry and potent.”  Well said indeed.