Refreshing Cold Corpse Reviver No 2 Cocktail with Gin
Explaining The 2 Versions Of The Corpse Reviver Cocktail
During the pre-Prohibition era of the mid-1800s, the Corpse Reviver was created as a cure-all cocktail to rejuvenate drinkers after a night of heavy drinking.
Over time, two versions of this drink emerged, simply called Corpse Reviver No. 1 or No. 2. While both are strongly alcoholic, one is lighter in flavor compared to the other.
No. 1 combines cognac, vermouth, standard grape brandy, and Calvados (French apple brandy). Depending on the vermouth, this drink may vary from sweet to dry to floral.
The Corpse Reviver No. 2 consists of equal parts gin, lemon juice, Cointreau, and Lillet Blanc, with a dash of absinthe. It’s described as similar to a floral, bitter Tom Collins.
If you prefer a dark, moody drink, the Corpse Reviver No. 1 should be your top choice. If you want something brighter, go for the No. 2, with its orange-lemon-anise flavors.
Both Corpse Revivers boast a heavy ABV, with No. 1 featuring no mixer and No. 2 only containing a dash of lemon juice. Drink lightly to achieve maximum revival effects.