The “Renaissance Corpse” is a family of cocktails that date back to the very art of mixing cocktails in the first place. While Corpse Reviver No. 1 has its fans (a blend of brandy, calvados and sweet vermouth), Corpse Reviver No. 2 is much more refreshing – a great choice for the season and perhaps the best cocktail in town. gin for the existing winter .
The whole idea of this family of cocktails is to “revive” a person who has a hangover. This is a cocktail to drink before eleven in the morning, as a booster for the day. Something to help you after a long night. The beauty of Corpse Reviver No. 2 is that it’s largely citrus-based, making it a ray of sunshine on a cold winter morning (when many of us need a little of revival). It’s also a pretty old-school cocktail, so there are no bells and whistles – just shake and pour easily.
Does it work as a hangover cure? We guess the same way as a Bloody Mary or a mimosa (or any dog hair). But that doesn’t really matter when you’re making such a tasty, easy-to-shake drink. Let’s go!
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Corpse Reviver #2
- 3/4 oz. London Dry Gin
- 3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc
- 3/4 oz. orange liqueur (triple sec)
- 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon absinthe
When it comes to dry gin, absinthe and triple sec, you don’t have to break the bank. I use standard Gordon’s London Dry Gin, local absinthe and Le Favori Triple Sec. All are standard and perfect for mixing.
What you cannot miss is the Lillet Blanc. It is a specific fortified white wine infused with cinchona, citrus, sweet white wines and liqueurs. It is a very specific atmosphere and an irreplaceable flavor. You also need this appetizer to make a Vesper Martini, so it probably won’t go to waste if you grab a bottle for your bar cart.
What you will need:
- Cut (pre-chilled)
- cocktail shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- Fine mesh filter
- Pre-chill your glass in the freezer (preferably overnight).
- Squeeze a lemon and strain the pulp.
- Add the gin, Lillet, orange liqueur and lemon juice to a shaker. Fill with ice cream up to about 2/3.
- Secure the lid and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty and glazed.
- Remove the glass from the freezer and pour a teaspoon of absinthe into the glass. Swirl the glass so that the absinthe completely covers the inside of the glass bowl. Throw the extra absinthe down the sink.
- Filter the cocktail into the holding glass. Serve (ungarnished).
It’s incredibly bright and refreshing, just what I needed with snow on the ground outside. There’s a citrus aspect to it that’s a bit like a Squirt soda pop meeting a sweet, floral gin and tonic. This is delicious. This sweet citrus is accentuated by these light bitter notes of Lillet. The Lillet Blanc also brings an ever so light sweetness to the whole drink which helps to balance the anise of the absinthe and the juniper and the roots of the gin.
All in all a ray of sunshine for a gloomy day. Would it cure a hangover? Maybe if you only drink one. At the very least, it would make the day a little more bearable and that’s all you can really ask for with any hangover “cure”.