Corpse Reviver 2

A Drink To Raise The Dead: Corpse Reviver #2

gin cocktail in coupe


Corpse Reviver #2

Harry Craddock Recipe, updated by Jena Ellenwood

Ever had a few too many and woken up feeling less than alive? I mean, not that that has ever happened to us…but if it did, this little tipple was invented to right the wrongs of the night before. Gin has long been considered a pick me up and absinthe was viewed as medicinal.  Harry Craddock put the Corpse Reviver #2 in the Savoy Cocktail Book, along with a few other “Revivers,” and we are passing our version on to you! Please note, according to the Craddock: “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”  What a vicious and delicious cycle.

If you love this cocktail, check out our full cocktail library or our YouTube Craft Cocktail Making playlist for home mixology lessons as you make your drink. 

gin cocktail coupe lemon

Let’s Get  Shakin’

Serves: 1

Special Tools: Jigger, Barspoon, Shaker, Strainer, atomizer 

Difficulty: Easy


3/4 oz Gin

3/4  oz Orange Liqueur

3/4 oz Lillet Blanc 

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Barspoon Simple Syrup

Splash Absinthe

  1. Spray chilled coupe glass with absinthe, or if you don’t have an atomizer, splash a bit in the coupe, swirl and discard.
  2. Combine other ingredients in shaker and add ice.
  3. Shake!
  4. Strain into Coupe, there is no time for a garnish.
Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail
But will I like it?

Cocktail flavor profile

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well! So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
  • Sweet
  • Spiritous
  • Refreshing
  • Complex/Funky/Unique
  • Botanical

Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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