Corpse Reviver

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The Corpse Reviver family of cocktails are intended as 'hair of the dog' hangover cures, hence the name. Most of the corpse reviver cocktails have been lost to time, but the cognac- and gin-based Corpse Reviver and Corpse Reviver #2 cocktails that were first listed in the Savoy Cocktail Handbook by Harry Craddock in 1930[1] have survived to this day.[2]

History[edit]

The corpse reviver appears in literature as early as an issue of Punch in 1861.[3] An early recipe for the corpse reviver is found in literature as early as 1903.[4]

Corpse Reviver #1[edit]

Corpse Reviver
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The plain Corpse Reviver cocktail is a cognac-based cocktail, with two parts cognac, one part Calvados or equivalent apple brandy, and one part sweet vermouth.

Corpse Reviver #2[edit]

Corpse Reviver #2
Cocktail
Corpse Reviver 2.jpg
A Corpse Reviver #2
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together in a mixer with ice. Strain into chilled glass.

The Corpse Reviver #2 is the more popular of the corpse revivers, and consists of equal parts gin, lemon juice, curaçao (commonly Cointreau), Kina Lillet (now usually replaced with Cocchi Americano, as a closer match to Kina Lillet than modern Lillet Blanc), and a dash of absinthe. The dash of absinthe can either be added to the mix before shaking, or added to the cocktail glass and moved around until the glass has been coated with a layer of absinthe to give a subtle absinthe aroma and flavor to the drink.[5][6]

Kentucky Corpse Reviver[edit]

Kentucky Corpse Reviver
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishMint
Standard drinkware
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Champagne coupe
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

This recipe is similar to Corpse Reviver #2, substituting bourbon for gin.

Savoy Corpse Reviver[edit]

Savoy Corpse Reviver
Cocktail
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients together with ice, and strain into a glass.

This recipe is a variation invented by Joe Gilmore in 1954.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In "The Handoff", the second episode of the seventh season of Archer, Veronica Deane orders a Corpse Reviver #2, but only if real absinthe is available.
  • In Patrick deWitt's novel French Exit the main characters each drink a Corpse Reviver #2 prior to performing a séance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corpse Reviver -- The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess -- Small Screen Network™
  2. ^ The Corpse Reviver family of cocktails » Cocktail adventures at Oh Gosh!
  3. ^ "A Smash for a Sensationist". Punch. 41: 247. 21 Dec 1861.
  4. ^ Whitehead, Jessup Whitehead (1903). The steward's handbook and guide to party catering. p. 305.
  5. ^ Absinthe is back at the bar | Metromix Nashville
  6. ^ Corpse Reviver -- The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess -- Small Screen Network™