Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Corpse Reviver #2

Many of you know how much we love Halloween and hate to see it go, so we thought it would be apropos to revive it one more time in 2011 before we say goodbye. What better way to do this than with the classic Corpse Reviver. Now, some history is in order here.
Corpse Revivers were simply quick 'hair of the dog' drinks that helped take the edge off of hangovers. A hundred years ago, virtually any alcohol consumed in the morning was a Corpse Reviver. That said, a few stuck. The first is a combination of cognac, apple brandy, and sweet vermouth. A bit too sweet for the morning. A dry metropolitan (brandy, dry vermouth, Angostura) seems more appropriate. The third is far to toothpasty for me, containing brandy, créme de menthe and Fernet Branca; this version is essentially the classic Stinger with bitters. The second, however, fits the bill - fresh, sophisticated, and complex - great to revive your corpse day or night.

Corpse Reviver #2
Classic Pour Series

1 ounce gin
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1-2 drops of absinthe or Herbsaint

Shake all on ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Drop a cherry in as garnish.

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