Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bar exam: Corpse Reviver #2

How can you not want to make, and more importantly drink, a cocktail named the Corpse Reviver #2? Not that I need to be pushed too hard when it comes to trying new libations, but this was almost too easy. And at this time of year, all of our walking corpses could use a push as we stagger from party to party. A classic from the 1930's, this has several things going for it: 1- A great name, which came from the fact that it was originally intended as a morning beverage to get one's supposedly needy spirit revived (there is, of course, a Corpse Reviver #1, brandy-based, and to my taste nowhere near the drink this is); 2- its main ingredient is gin; and 3- it is an equal mix of all four ingredients (with an added tiny dash of absinthe or pastis), which allows you to taste each and every one, and like the negroni (an equal mix of three components) it is a perfectly balanced drink. Although I have to say better after the cocktail hour than before. But to each his or her own, I suppose. Whenever you decide you need some revivification, this is a perfect place to find it!
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Corpse Reviver #2

Serving size: 1
3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. Lillet blanc
3/4 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. lemon juice
Dash absinthe (or pastis should absinthe not be in your repertoire)

Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add all ingredients and shake for 20-30 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with amarena cherry.


dds said...

Lovely to see a batch of 3 fresh posts as I avoid working on New Year's Sunday! And your glowing photo of the ever-delicious corpse reviver (#2, of course) revived my spirits as well.

Wanted to point out that the drink probably made the scene in the 1930s, not the 1030s, though those tricksies Saxons were ever carousing, wenching and marauding...very possibly under the influence of the corpse reviver...#1 no doubt. : )

bb said...

The thing is, why did it take 900 years to come up with #2?? Hm. Maybe I'll just make a little correction after this response.

Had to get back on the blogging horse. Because you know I have SO many important things to say.....