Recipe: The Corpse Reviver Number 2

When thinking about a Halloween drink I could throw some grenadine in a drink to make it blood colored and say it is for Halloween, or I could find a great classic cocktail with a Halloween sounding name. I consider myself a classy guy so here is the Corpse Reviver Number 2. 

The Corpse Reviver family of cocktails are among the oldest cocktails in existence. The Corpse Reviver Number 2 first appeared in the Savory Cocktail Handbook by Harry Craddock in 1930. The Corpse Revivers are known as a "hair-of-the-dog" hangover cure, but many of the recipes have been lost. 


3/4 ounce of Gin (I use Hendricks)

3/4 ounce of Cointreau 

3/4 ounce of Lillet Blanc

3/4 ounce of Lemon Juice

Splash of Absinthe 


In a chilled Martini glass pour a healthy splash of absinthe. Coat the inside of the glass with the absinthe before discarding it. Set the glass aside.

Combine the Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and give a good shake.

Strain the liquid into the absinthe coated glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

This drink is great for mornings after you woke up with your face in the gutter and dried pizza sauce on your cheek from the slice of pepperoni you ate at 3:27am. It can also be used to show off to the local bartender that you aren't the Jaeger-bomb bro that he thinks you are.