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

Corpse Reviver No. 2
Claire Cohen
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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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 everyone should 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 lover's dream come true.

As is the case with the brandy Corpse Reviver No. 1, this drink is said to have been good for reviving those souls who may have had one too many the previous night. They are meant to snap you back into reality and it's among the best 'hair of the dog' drinks for curing hangovers. Also, note the equal measurements... the easier the better for the sufferer!

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, which reduced the quinine to suit modern drinker's tastes.

Fun Fact: 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. That is where Cocchi Americano enters the picture.

Cocchi's recipe includes more quinine and it has that wonderful bitter tone that drinkers were seeking. The basic flavor is 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 Americano can be difficult to find. Its recent rise to stardom is making it easier to locate, almost as easy as Lillet Blanc. For either, you may have to visit a specialty liquor store to find it.

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 the best Corpse Reviver No. 2 you have had. Use it instead of dry vermouth in classic drinks and see what you think of those as well.

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.

How Strong is the Corpse Reviver No. 2?

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 lives up to its 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 percent ABV (52 proof).

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.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 242
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 25 mg
Sodium 28 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 8 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)