Cocktail of the Week: The Corpse Reviver #2


In honor of Halloween, we decided to make a spin on the Corpse Reviver #2. This cocktail originated in the early 20th century as a hangover cure. It was thought that the drink could revive anyone … even the dead, hence its name. There are several variations of the Corpse Reviver, numbers 1 through 4, but number 2 seems to be the most popular. I think this is because it’s easy to drink yet strong enough to cure even the worst of hangovers. It’s traditionally made with the ingredients listed below and Cointreau, but I think the drink is better suited without the orange liqueur. So here is my version of the Corpse Reviver #2.


  • Gin (I use a local New England gin from Barr Hill. It has a touch of honey which I think adds a nice balance. But any gin will do.)
  • Lillet Blanc wine-based liqueur
  • Absinthe
  • Lemon juice (only fresh-squeezed will do)
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Ice

One Serving Recipe

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1.5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz  fresh lemon juice
  • Absinthe rinse

Add a few ice cubes to your coupe or martini glass and pour in a dash of absinthe. “Rinse” the glass with the absinthe by either twirling it around or stirring it gently with a cocktail spoon. Once the glass is fully coated, dump the ice and absinthe. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, Lillet Blanc and fresh lemon juice. Shake, shake, shake.  Strain into your glass rinsed with Absinthe and garnish with an orange peel.

In case you missed it live, watch me make my spin on the Corpse Reviver #2 on our most recent episode of Cocktails with Kate with special guest, and Tripleseat Support Specialist, John Garty.

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