Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail Recipe

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The Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail is a variation of the original Corpse Reviver, featuring an added dash of absinthe. Some call it an effective hair of the dog or hangover cure, but one thing is for certain; This cocktail certainly will jolt you back to life with its strong astringent flavors.

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Corpse reviver no 2 cocktail recipe featured

Note: I first made and photographed this with an orange peel, but after ordering several from higher-end bars, I’ve decided a lemon peel garnish is preferred.

Rumors of the Corpse Reviver date back to the 1930s at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London. Multiple recipes have evolved from the three original ingredients, including those adaptions by famous bartenders such as Harry Craddock, Trader Vic, and as published in Punch Magazine.

As for my personal rendition, you’ll want to make sure not to add more than a slight dash of absinthe. Add too much and the cocktail will soon be overpowered by licorice or anise.

“To be taken before 11AM, or whenever steam or energy is needed.”

Harry Craddock

Ingredients used for this cocktail:

  • London Dry Gin
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Cointreau
  • Oregon Spirit Absinthe
  • Meyer lemon

“Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

Savoy Cocktail Book

Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail

Michael Kahn
Emerge from your deathly slumber with a jolt from this cocktail’s bright citrus flavors. Shaken with gin, absinthe and Lillet Blanc, you'll be transformed into the living dead in no time.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine European
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 208 kcal



  • 1 oz Gin London, juniper heavy style
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc Cocchi Americano alternative
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Lemon juice Freshly squeezed
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • 1 Lemon peel For garnish


  • Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker.
  • Add crushed ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon peel.


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgSugar: 12gVitamin C: 14mg
Keyword absinthe, Cointreau, Gin, Lemon juice, Lillet Blanc
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5 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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