Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail Recipe

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail is a variation of the original Corpse Reviver, featuring an added dash of absinthe. Claimed to be a hangover cure, this cocktail certainly has the potential to jolt you awake with its strong astringent flavors.

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 basic ingredients, adapted by famous bartenders such as Harry Craddock, Trader Vic, and published in Punch Magazine.

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.

Corpse reviver no 2 cocktail recipe featured

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

“Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.” – Savoy Cocktail Book.

You’ll want to make sure you don’t add more than just the slightest dash of absinthe or you will find the cocktail overpowered.

Exact ingredients used for this cocktail:

  • Kirkland London Dry Gin
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Cointreau
  • Oregon Spirit Absinthe
  • Meyer lemon
Corpse reviver no 2 cocktail recipe featured

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 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Cocktail
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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