The Corpse Reviver #2


The Corpse Reviver #2

Complex, Herbal, and Undead

The hangover does not discriminate. It is true that every one of us has individual limits. Should those limits be crossed with a few too many drinks you've secured yourself a one-way ticket to Feeling-like-garbage-ville. The symptoms of overindulgence in spirits were first recorded more than 3000 years ago, with the acknowledgement that there was no known cure. Despite the reality that there isn't a surefire rebound and very likely never will be, it hasn't stopped people throughout the centuries from overconsumption. Creative day after therapies include pickled everything for breakfast, burying yourself in cold sand, consuming more of what made you ill(!) and even a little voodoo. But as we’ve all likely experienced, it seems the only guaranteed way of getting better is to wait it out with lots of rest, some nutritious food to settle the gut, and rehydration.

In the short term, it is possible to delay the full brunt of a hangover by drinking a bit of the "hair of the dog that bit you." And sure, you'll feel slightly better for a brief moment, but we don't condone this "remedy". At some point you'll have to pay the price. It was this very thinking though that led one of the cocktail greats, Harry Craddock, to develop a series of drinks potent enough to wake the dead...or nearly dead. These so called Corpse Revivers became widely popular, with the Corpse Reviver #2 earning its way into cocktail canon. After trying one, it's obvious why.

Each Corpse Reviver cocktail featured a different base spirit, with the #2 based on gin. Comprised of equal parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet, and lemon juice, this cocktail is easy to make correctly with very little technique required. Oh, and there’s a dash of absinthe in case you thought it was too PG. And while this drink was originally developed to cut through the morning fog, we think this sipper is best after a good meal in the early evening. Beware how easily this one goes down; it's perfectly balanced and very delicious, hence the warning with the original Savoy Cocktail book recipe, "Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again."

Here's how to make a great Corpse Reviver #2.


  • 1 ounce Big Bottom Navy Strength Gin

  • 1 ounce Cointreau (triple sec)

  • 1 ounce Lillet Blanc

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1 dash of Absinthe

  • 1 lemon twist

Add 1 dash of Absinthe to a chilled coupe and swirl to coat inside of the glass. Add gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for 20-30 seconds. Strain shaker into absinthe rinsed glass and garnish with a lemon twist.