As a seasoned bartender with a decade of experience in the world of mixology, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the rise and fall of various libations. One cocktail that’s held its ground pretty good is the Corpse Reviver #2. Although some of you may not know this drink, but over the years, I have seen it become a cherished member of our cocktail family, not only for its distinct taste but also for its intriguing backstory. So, allow me to take you on a quick tour of the Corpse Reviver no 2, a drink that continues to captivate my palate and those of our loyal patrons.

So let us imagine this: a dimly lit speakeasy, the soft hum of conversation in the background, and a bartender who seems to know your soul’s deepest desires. That’s where I first encountered the Corpse Reviver #2 cocktail, a concoction that promises to resurrect even the weariest of souls. It’s a cocktail that wears its sophistication lightly, blending gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and a touch of absinthe in a symphony of flavors.


  • 1 oz (30 ml) gin
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Cointreau (or any orange liqueur)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Lillet Blanc (or a dry vermouth)
  • 1 dash of absinthe
  • Ice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 1 oz (30 ml) of gin.
  3. Add 1 oz (30 ml) of Cointreau (or your preferred orange liqueur).
  4. Add 1 oz (30 ml) of Lillet Blanc (or dry vermouth).
  5. Add 1 dash of absinthe (be sparing).
  6. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  7. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  8. Enjoy your Corpse Reviver #2!

Crafting a Corpse Reviver nr.2 cocktail is an art in itself. The ingredients are simple, but the alchemy lies in the proportions and the careful dance between the spirits. Begin with a cocktail shaker filled with ice, a canvas upon which this masterpiece will be painted. Add equal parts of gin, Cointreau, and Lillet Blanc, followed by just a dash of absinthe. It’s the absinthe that gives this drink its unique character, a whisper of anise and herbs that lingers on the palate.

Now, shake vigorously, as if coaxing life back into a weary traveler. The resulting elixir should be chilled to perfection, with a frosted sheen that promises a taste of something otherworldly. Strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass, like a vessel of secrets waiting to be revealed.

But what does it taste like, you ask? Ah, the first sip is a revelation. The Corpse Reviver 2 drink is like a delicate waltz between the botanicals of gin, the bright citrus notes of Cointreau, and the subtle herbal nuances of Lillet Blanc. The absinthe, ever so sparingly used, adds an ethereal layer of complexity, as if awakening the senses with a mysterious whisper. It’s a cocktail that manages to be both bracing and elegant, a harmonious blend of flavors that dances on the palate.

Now, let’s talk comparisons. The Corpse Reviver no2 is often compared to the classic Martini, given its use of gin and the elegant nature of the drink. However, the addition of Lillet Blanc and absinthe gives it a unique twist, setting it apart in the realm of aperitif cocktails. It’s like a bridge between the bold and the subtle, a drink that invites you to explore the boundaries of taste.

As I reflect on my years of sipping this drink, I’m reminded that in the world of cocktails, there are classics, and then there are classics with a twist. This drink, with its evocative name and complex flavor profile, is a testament to the artistry of mixology. It’s not just a drink; it’s an experience, a journey into the realms of taste and sensation. So, my fellow adventurer in the world of libations, the next time you find yourself seeking a revival, raise a Corpse Reviver nr 2 and toast to the enduring allure of timeless cocktails. Cheers!

What’s the best Gin to use in my Corpse Reviver?Tanqueray

  1. Tanqueray London Dry Gin: Known for its classic juniper-forward profile and botanical blend, Tanqueray is a reliable choice for a balanced and traditional Corpse Reviver cocktail.
  2. Hendrick’s Gin: Infused with cucumber and rose petals, Hendrick’s Gin brings a unique and slightly floral character to the cocktail, adding depth and complexity.
  3. Bombay Sapphire: A versatile and well-rounded gin, Bombay Sapphire offers a harmonious blend of botanicals that complement the other ingredients in the Corpse Reviver #2.

Each of these gins brings its own personality to the cocktail, allowing you to tailor the flavor profile to your preferences.

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