Corpse Reviver No. 2: The Classic Cocktail That Amazes All

Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail
The gin version of the popular classic, the Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a cocktail you will remember. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham
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The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a popular classic cocktail. It is one of the greats from the days when people really loved their gin cocktails.

It is a true testament to the mixability of the botanical-filled spirit and a drink I suggest everyone experience at least once in their lifetime. The recipe is quite simple: gin, wine, orange and absinthe liqueurs, and lemon juice. The culmination of each of these fascinating ingredients is a cocktail lovers' dream come true.

As is the case with the brandy Corpse Reviver No. 1, this drink (and others that have taken the name) is said to have been useful for reviving those souls who may have had one too many the previous night. They are meant to snap you back into reality though I would simply add it to the 'hair of the dog' theory for curing hangovers.

Also, note the equal measurements...the easier the better for the sufferer!

What You'll Need

How to Make It

    1. Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with absinthe and toss the excess.
    2. Pour the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
    3. Shake well.
    4. Strain into the rinsed glass.
    5. Garnish with an orange peel.
  • Lillet Blanc vs Cocchi Americano

  • Many classic cocktail recipes originally called for Kina Lillet. You may know it best as the 'vermouth' from James Bond's famous Vesper Martini, which he created at the gambling tables in Casino Royale. It is part of that famous 'shaken, not stirred' line.

  • Though not vermouth, Lillet is an aromatized wine. Kina Lillet was the aperitif wine to use at the beginning of the 20th Century. It was replaced in the 1980's with Lillet Blanc and reduced the quinine to suit modern drinker's tastes.

  • Oddly enough, quinine is the key ingredient in tonic water. Today, drinkers are enjoying the Gin & Tonic more than ever!

  • Bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts have been enjoying Lillet Blanc in their classic drinks, but something was missing. Enter Cocchi Americano.

  • Cocchi's recipe includes more quinine and it has that wonderful bitter tone that drinkers were seeking.The basic flavor was the same as the new Lillet, it simply has more punch. In many cocktails, it can take the drink from great to fabulous.

  • The problem is that Cocchi can be difficult to find. Its recent rise to stardom from cocktail enthusiasts is making it easier to locate, almost as easy as Lillet Blanc. For either, you may have to visit specialty liquor stores.

  • Which is Better?

  • The answer of which you should use will be a matter of personal taste, possibly even availability. When you find either Lillet or Cocchi, buy it and mix up a the best Corpse Reviver No. 2 you have had. Use it instead of dry vermouth in classic drinks and see what you think.

  • In a head-to-head tasting in this recipe, you will find drinkers who prefer one option over the other. A consensus would probably lean toward Cocchi.

  • Corpse Reviver #2011 Cocktail Recipe

  • A modern take on the classic Corpse Reviver No. 2, this is an interesting drink you should try as well.

  • In the Corpse Reviver #2011, you will be mixing a fantastic gin with wine and blood orange, absinthe and Root liqueurs. It is extremely complex and rather potent, but worthy of the effort and a great choice for any occasion.

  • Ingredients:

  • Preparation:

    1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
    2. Shake well.
    3. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Recipe Courtesy: Hendrick's Gin

  • What is ROOT Liqueur?

  • The one ingredient that may be unfamiliar to many is Root. It was inspired by an old, alcoholic herbal remedy that was transformed into root beer when the Temperance movement began their reign. Root is made by Art in the Age and you can find out more at their website:

  • How Strong is the Corpse Reviver No. 2?

  • The Corpse Reviver No. 2 lives up to it's reputation. It is not a weak cocktail and is almost equal to the average Martini.

  • With an 80-proof gin, Lillet Blanc and Cointreau, this cocktail would come in at a hefty 26% ABV (52 proof).