Is The Corpse Reviver The Ultimate Hangover Cure?

For as long as people have been drinking, people have also been looking for a hangover cure. The Corpse Reviver was developed in the 1800s and was thought to be the ultimate pick-me-up after a hard night's imbibing. Though its original recipe, commonly known as Corpse Reviver No. 1, was brandy-based, Corpse Reviver No. 2 is the most popular and enduring version of this classic libation. It's a harmonious blend of gin, orange liqueur, the French aperitif Lillet Blanc, and a rumor of absinthe. The Corpse Reviver won't actually cure your hangover - try lots of water - but it remains an intriguing and delightful exploration into the world of libations.

Corpse Reviver Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Absinthe

How To Make A Corpse Reviver

  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine gin, orange liqueur, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir for 15 seconds. Add a dash of absinthe. Stir for for 10 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.

To unlock the Corpse Reviver's secret, use a light touch with the absinthe. Swirl the absinthe in the glass, coating it evenly, and then discard the excess. This subtle addition enhances the aroma and flavor without overpowering the cocktail.

Corpse Reviver Riff

Infuse a Mediterranean twist into the Corpse Reviver #2 by replacing Lillet Blanc with 1 oz of Ouzo, the anise-flavored Greek spirit. This remix adds a unique herbal note, transforming the classic into a revitalizing journey inspired by the shores of the Aegean Sea.



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