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Raising The Dead

There was a time when cocktails were breakfast drinks and medicinal tonics to lift the spirit and cure ailments. The Corpse Reviver series of drinks (1, 2 & 3) were considered a great “hair of the dog” type of hangover cure, and it has been said that one or two of these cocktails taken in quick succession would revive the poor hungover soul- while 3 or 4 taken similarly would unrevive the corpse again.

The most popular of them all (thank you Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh!) is the Corpse Reviver no. 2, and was once a staple on every cocktail menu in New York City before it slid into obscurity in the late 1930s.

Corpse Reviver no. 2

3/4 oz gin

3/4 oz Cointreau

3/4 oz Lillet Blanc

3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice

dash (4 drops) absinthe or pastis

– Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake as if to wake the dead and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a blood red cherry.

For gin I used Blue Coat from Philadelphia Distilling as it’s new in Houston and have wanted to give it a try for some time now and I must say that I’m thoroughly impressed with it. Blue Coat is exceptionally smooth and is distilled in copper pots using organic American juniper berries that lend a more spicy, earthy flavor profile vs. the “pinetree” flavors found in some other gins; also, a welcome mix of orange and other citrus peel is used in the distillation that works beautifully to balance out the juniper.


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