A Corpse Reviver for Halloween

Corpse Reviver No. 2
This adaptation comes from the new book A Taste for Absinthe, where Marcos Tello of Los Angeles' Edison adapted the second of Harry Craddock's Corpse Reviver recipes as listed in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book. As Craddock said himself: "Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again"

  • 3/4 oz. Martin Millers Gin
  • 3/4 oz. Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 4 drops Absinthe

Pour the gin, Cointreau, Lillet, and lemon juice into a mixing glass,then add ice. Shake well and strain the drink into a chilled coupe. Add the absinthe and serve.

I had another interesting version of this drink while in Portland last week, just upon settling into the Hotel DeLuxe Wednesday afternoon with SeanMike Whipkey. Reps from Portland-based House Spirits Distillery were behind the stick at the hotel’s Driftwood bar for Happy Hour and served up a delicious variant of this recipe that featured their Aviation Gin and, rather than absinthe, called for a dash of ouzo instead. Very aromatic indeed! It was a great drink to shift into the mindset that was Drink.Write and Portland Cocktail Week after spending the entire morning in airplane mode.

Again, I have so much more to share following up on my PDX adventure so stay tuned! In the interim, have a safe and fun Halloween and post pictures of your creative costumes :)


(Photo courtesy of Absinthe Mata Hari)

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