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Glassaholic: Corpse Reviver #2

February 13, 2014

The Corpse Reviver #2 is one of my all time favorite drinks. Like the Liberal, this drink is simple, but the ingredients combine in a way that is hard to describe.

Make sure you call for a Corpse Reviver #2 when you ask for this drink. Corpse Reviver #1 sucks by comparison. Clueless bars will serve you one of those if you’re not careful.

Most any gin will work for this drink, and will have an impact on the final product. I like a gin at the “aromatics forward” side of the gin range. That is, anything from Hendricks on over to Leopolds. A strong gin like Plymouth can overpower the other ingredients.

Though the ingredients come in equal parts, it is important to measure for this drink carefully, especially the absinthe. Too much absinthe or lemon juice can ruin everything. 3 drops will do it.

Corpse Reviver #2
1 oz gin (in this case Bluecoat)
1 oz cointreau
1 oz lillet blanc
1 oz lemon juice (measure)
3 drops absinthe
shake. strain. serve up with a real Marasca cherry (Luxardo) in a classic cocktail glass.

5 Responses to “Glassaholic: Corpse Reviver #2”


  1. Gary wisely steered me toward a Corpse Reviver #2 (instead of a beer) when we connected (after much much too long) during his visit to Indiana a few weeks ago. I certainly second his recommendation. Quite a drink!


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