|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 8g|
|Vitamin C 13mg||63%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The story of the corpse reviver is that of a drink "to be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed," according to Harry Craddock in the "The Savoy Cocktail Book" from 1930. It goes beyond a single drink and was instead an entire class of pre-Prohibition drinks. These were, quite appropriately, meant to "raise the dead" or, in reality, someone who was hungover and stumbled into the bar early in the morning.
The corpse reviver no. 2 is a popular classic cocktail and arguably the best-tasting of all the corpse reviver drinks. It is a great gin cocktail and a testament to the mixability of its botanical-filled spirit. Traditionally, it would have used Kina Lillet, though Lillet Blanc and Cocchi Americano are commonly used today. In a pinch, dry vermouth will do just fine. For the orange liqueur, choose a top-shelf brand such as Cointreau, and be sure to use fresh lemon juice for this fascinating sour drink.
1 dash absinthe
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Lillet Blanc, Cocchi Americano, or dry vermouth
1 ounce premium orange liqueur
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Orange peel, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with absinthe and toss the excess.
Pour the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into the rinsed glass.
Garnish with an orange peel. Serve and enjoy.
Lillet Blanc vs. Cocchi Americano
Many classic cocktail recipes called for Kina Lillet, which was replaced in the 1980s with Lillet Blanc, including the reduced the quinine content that suited the modern drinker's taste. Bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts have been enjoying Lillet Blanc in their classic drinks, but with reduced quinine, something was missing. The higher quinine percentage in Cocchi Americano provided the wonderful bitter tone that drinkers were seeking. The basic flavor is the same as the Lillet, but it has more punch. In many cocktails, it can take the drink from great to fabulous.
Cocchi Americano was difficult to find, but its recent rise to stardom is making it as readily available as Lillet Blanc. You may, however, have to visit a specialty liquor store to find either. If you cannot find them, a quality dry vermouth makes a good substitute.
There are many classic corpse reviver recipes, though only numbers 1 and 2 have survived the test of time. Today, the corpse reviver no. 2 is the most popular. This may be due to the fact that modern drinkers tend to prefer gin over brandy, though many will also tell you that no. 2 just has a more interesting flavor profile. But if you're looking into mixing interesting and alternative brunch cocktails, give a try to other revivers:
- Corpse Reviver No. 1: Stir 1 1/2 ounces brandy, 3/4 ounce Calvados or other apple brandy, and 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Corpse Reviver No. 3: Shake 1 ounce each of brandy, curaçao, and maraschino liqueur with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Alternatively, shake 1 ounce each of brandy, Campari, and triple sec with 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and ice, straining into a cocktail glass.
- Corpse Reviver No. 4, aka Savoy Corpse Reviver: Shake 1 ounce each of brandy, Fernet Branca, and white crème de menthe with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
How Strong Is the No. 2 Corpse Reviver?
The corpse revivers are certainly not weak drinks and they do stand up to their reputation, or un-revive, if too many are consumed. Each of these recipes averages out to an alcohol content of around 30 percent alcohol by volume (60 proof), which is about the same as the average martini.