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Corpse Reviver

The Corpse Reviver cocktail is a classic libation with a name that hints at its intended purpose: to revive the spirits. Originating in the 19th century, this cocktail was part of a family of drinks designed to cure hangovers or serve as a hair-of-the-dog remedy. Although several variations exist, the Corpse Reviver No. 2, made with gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and absinthe, has become the most popular rendition.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 30 ml (1 oz) gin

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Cointreau

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Lillet Blanc

  • 30 ml (1 oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • A dash of absinthe

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Strainer

  • Chilled coupe glass

  • Lemon twist for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of gin to the shaker.

  3. Pour in 30 ml (1 oz) of Cointreau.

  4. Add 30 ml (1 oz) of Lillet Blanc to the shaker.

  5. Squeeze 30 ml (1 oz) of fresh lemon juice into the shaker.

  6. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients and mix well.

  7. Rinse a chilled coupe glass with a dash of absinthe, discarding any excess.

  8. Strain the cocktail into the prepared coupe glass.

  9. Optionally, garnish with a lemon twist.

Flavor Profile:

The Corpse Reviver cocktail boasts a bright and citrusy flavor profile, with the botanical notes of gin, the orange essence of Cointreau, and the herbal undertones of Lillet Blanc. The addition of absinthe provides a subtle hint of anise, adding depth to the overall taste.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Gin: Select a quality gin with a balanced flavor profile for the best Corpse Reviver cocktail. Look for gins with botanical notes that complement the other ingredients.

  • Lillet Blanc Substitution: If you don't have Lillet Blanc on hand, you can substitute it with a dry vermouth. While the flavor profile may vary slightly, it still provides the necessary herbal and floral notes to the cocktail.

  • Absinthe Rinse Technique: Rinsing the glass with a dash of absinthe adds a subtle yet distinctive flavor to the Corpse Reviver. Be careful not to overdo it, as absinthe can easily overpower the other ingredients.

  • Garnish Choice: While a lemon twist is the traditional garnish for the Corpse Reviver, you can also experiment with other citrus twists or even a sprig of fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary.

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