This aptly named cocktail traces its origin back to the days when drinking in the morning didn’t have a stigma. When cocktails were breakfast drinks and every man, woman and likely a few children started their day with a smile and a stumble.
Around the turn of the twentieth century, “Corpse Reviver” was a general term similar to “hair of the dog” that denoted a beverage meant to absolve your sins from the previous night’s bender and bring you back from the dead (or at the least, a bad hangover).
The below recipe is adapted from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh.
Corpse Reviver #2
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 drops absinthe or pastis (Pernod or Herbsaint work well)
Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel or cherry.