Corpse Reviver No. 2 1.000

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Spirits Jun 23, 2010

Morning "corpse reviver" drinks are an early-20th-century tradition. Version No. 2 survives in many bartending guides of that era.

This cocktail is a variation on the sidecar, similar to the Hoopla or the Odd McIntosh (see related recipes for the latter two). It substitutes gin for cognac and adds Lillet Blanc (or the newly arrived Cocchi Americano). A tiny bit of absinthe or Pernod creates a complex, yet still light and refreshing drink.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounce gin, preferably Plymouth
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur, preferably Combier or Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon absinthe (may substitute Pernod)
  • Preserved or maraschino cherry, for garnish (see related recipe)

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Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the gin, Lillet Blanc, orange liqueur, lemon juice and absinthe. Shake well, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.

Garnish with the cherry.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "The Savoy Cocktail Book," by Harry Craddock (Constable & Co., 1930).

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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