Appetite For Instruction: "Corpse Reviver #2" Cocktail

Recipe Demonstrated by Abraham Bedell of Victor Tangos

We all have those mornings where we wake up with the sensation of a little Oompa Loompa is hammering away at our brain, last night's bar stamp is now on your forehead, articles of clothing are making a trail from your front door to the bedroom, a half eaten hot pocket is laying on the floor, and the only proof of what you did last night is on a camera that is now missing.

You need a little hair of the dog, and this is where the Corpse Reviver # 2 comes in.

The Corpse Reviver #2 was a popular morning-after drink in the 1930s. The concoction was named because of it's ability to bring back the dead--or the painfully hungover, which pretty much the same thing.

Cocktail historian Ted Haigh (aka Mr.Cocktail) had a large part to play with it's rediscovery in the 21st century. With Halloween and all it's festivities around the corner, we thought we should share with you a themed drink idea that you can enjoy at night and the next morning to help cure the aftermath of your jello shot addiction. Abraham Bedell of Victor Tangos was generous enough to do a quick demonstration for us one night to make sure we could perfect this supposedly magical cocktail.

According to Abraham, the cocktail sells fairly well, but you have to be brave enough to try it. He describes it as "a lemon drop martini meets a glass of Pinot Grigio." One sip was enough to revive your soul for that long drive home.

Step 1: Combine the following in a shaker glass: ¾ oz. Plymouth Gin, ¾ oz. Cointreau, ¾ oz Lillet Blanc,¾ oz. fresh lemon juice

Step 2: Mix in a shaker glass with ice. Shake and strain in a flute or martini glass rinsed in absinthe (not too much, unless you want to chase the green fairy). Garnish with a star anise.


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