Corpse Reviver no. 2

A spookily delicious cocktail recipe.

A Corpse Reviver Number 2 cocktail with a Luxardo cherry.

A favorite cocktail we occasionally feature at the Roadhouse is the Corpse Reviver no. 2. The original Corpse Reviver can be traced back at least to the 1930s, with ties to the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London. The drinks are aptly named because they are meant to be drunk as a hangover “cure”, with enough potency to be able to revive a dead person. Both the original and the no. 2 appear in the Savoy Cocktail Book, written in 1930 by the head bartender at the Savoy, Harry Craddock. The no. 2 recipe called for gin, lemon juice, curaçao (commonly Cointreau), Kina Lillet (now usually replaced with Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc), and a dash of absinthe. A note in the book cautions us that “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

Variations of the Reviver concocted over the years compromise a full family of morning-after cocktails, but the no. 2 will always be a Roadhouse favorite. Stop in any time for one, but if you wish to scare your friends with something yummy at your Halloween party, here is our recipe:

Corpse Reviver no.2

Plymouth Gin    0.75oz
Lillet Blanc        0.75oz
Cointreau          0.75oz
Lemon Juice     0.75oz
Absinthe           Rinse

Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with absinthe, then double strain the remaining ingredients into the glass. Add a Luxardo cherry for a full ghostly effect.

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