Drinks

Corpse Reviver

What is the best remedy for a hangover? Our ancestors of yesteryear thought a mixture of more delicious booze would revitalize and revive your corpse from that deadly hangover. Perhaps it was the numbing effect, but these days science generally tells us this is a bad idea. That said, we can’t dismiss the tasty concoctions that were created in this period.

Existing literature mentions the term “Corpse revivers” as early as the 1860’s, and recipes are found from the early 1900’s. Notably, Harry Craddock, author of the famous Savoy Cocktail Book mentions the Corpse Reviver #2 in his book published in 1930 with the advice to be careful with these because, “…four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

There are said to be many reviver cocktails, but the following 3 have survived the test of time. In particular, the Corpse Reviver #2 is the most well-recognized and can be found at many craft cocktail bars across North America. There is no reason, however, that a well stocked bar and capable bartender couldn’t put the other two together for you – just ask!

Corpse Reviver 1

Revivers-035_wm

2 oz cognac/brandy
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz applejack/Calvados

Combine ingredients, stir, and strain.

Corpse Reviver 2

Revivers-079_wm

¾ oz gin
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz Cointreau
¾ oz Lillet Blanc
dash of Absinthe

Combine ingredients, shake, and strain.

Corpse Reviver 3

IMG_2941_wm

1 oz brandy
1 oz Campari
1 oz Triple Sec
½ oz Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients, shake, and strain.

Try one , or try them all! But do come back, and let me know what you think.

You Might Also Like

  • The Fanciulli Cocktail – Five Men Making Sh!t February 9, 2015 at 9:34 am

    […] the long line of cocktails allegedly designed to help you recover from your hangover (but which were clearly just excuses to day drink), the Fanciulli cocktail is a […]

  • Mixing Cocktails Part I: How to Shake – Five Men Making Sh!t February 19, 2015 at 9:59 am

    […] got the necessary spirits and mixers, and you’re ready to make that Sidecar, Luigi Cocktail, or Corpse Reviver #3. You probably know the next step is mixing your cocktail, but you’ve got some questions. […]

  • Classic Cocktail: Ramos Gin Fizz – Five Men Making Sh!t July 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    […] you’ve woken up with a hangover and have had your fill of Corpse Reviver variations. Allow me to make a humble suggestion: the Ramos Gin Fizz; a breakfast cocktail that […]