A little bit of medicine to help the rest of the day go down…

“To be taken before 11am or whenever steam and energy are needed.”

Do you drink before 11am? No? Well, maybe you should… Did you know that there used to be an entire subsection of cocktails devoted to morning drinking? Drinks designed with the ability to bring the dead (or at least painfully hungover) back to some semblance of life.

But, beware: “Four of these taken in swift succession will quickly unrevive the corpse again.”

The roots

The family of Corpse Reviver cocktails were all intended to be drunk in the morning, in order to revive people`s spirits and get them up and going for the day ahead.

Dating back to 1862, these cocktails belong to the dubious category of drinks engineered in a vaguely homeopathic way to vanquish hangovers.

Many similar cocktails have been lost in time, but the Corpse Revivers have survived to this day. These cocktails enjoyed a certain degree of fame for years, then succumbed to changing tastes and disappeared from view, only to pop up again on the cultural radar long after being presumed dead : Corpse Reviver #1 (brandy, red vermouth, Calvados) & Corpse Reviver #2 (lemon juice, Lillet, Cointreau, gin, absinthe), both drinks pack a punch!

The Corpse Reviver #2 has undergone a particularly robust resurgence, and it’s easy to see why: Bright and lemony and dry but not too dry, given dimension by a veil of absinthe, it’s remarkably easy drinking for something so strong. But its less-loved kin, the Corpse Reviver #1 should not be overlooked because it’s also an elegant and powerful cocktail.

But don’t think that I mention this cocktail only because of the (just slightly) silly name – it’s in fact a very, very good cocktail- and one worth making on a regular basis.

And if you happen to feel a bit bleary, this drink would certainly live up to its name, it is a bright, balanced and flavorful drink- with more depth than you might expect.

Try out the Corpse Reviver #2. You will feel revived, assuming you stop short of drinking four “in swift succession”.

Effective as a hang-over cure or not, it never hurts to add a great classic to your brunch repertoire.

The makin’s
1 part gin
3/4 parts Cointreau
3/4 parts Lillet Blanc
3/4 parts fresh lemon juice
An absinthe rinse
Garnish with a cherry

The drill
Add all ingredients into a shaker except for the garnish
Shake with ice
Rinse your chilled cocktail glass with 3 drops of absinthe
Discard any excess absinthe
Strain your shaker into the cocktail glass
Garnish with a cherry


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