Corpse Reviver #2 Recipe

Elusive, complex, and perfect for a new generation of craft cocktail fans.

A corpse reviver #2 cocktail in a coupe.

Serious Eats / Maggie Hoffman

Drinks such as the Manhattan have recipes that are so engaging and enduring that the cocktail moves straight from inception into the classic column; others, such as the Harvey Wallbanger, enjoy a brief flare of popularity then mostly disappear. Then you have the undead: the drinks that enjoy a certain degree of fame for years or even decades then succumb to changing tastes and disappear from view, only to pop up again on the cultural radar long after being presumed dead.

Enter the Corpse Reviver #2. Part of a class of "corpse reviver" cocktails—so named because of their purported ability to bring the dead (or at least painfully hungover) back to some semblance of life—this drink was a staple of bar manuals back in the 1930s, only to fall off the map in the last half of the 20th century. Then, thanks in large part to cocktail historian Ted Haigh (aka "Dr. Cocktail"), the Corpse Reviver #2 was rediscovered by a generation of 21st century cocktail geeks.

High time, too. Delicately balanced, not too powerful, with a lingering, mysterious flavor, the Corpse Reviver #2 is enjoying a well-deserved second wind.

Of course, there are different (though similar) recipes for the Corpse Reviver #2; visit Kaiser Penguin to see a taste test of several versions.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin

  • 1 ounce Lillet

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ounce Cointreau

  • 1 drop absinthe or pastis

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker; fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

  2. Of course, there are different (though similar) recipes for the Corpse Reviver #2; visit Kaiser Penguin to see a taste test of several versions.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
208 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 60mg 1%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)