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Corpse Reviver No. 2

by St. Augustine Distillery

Conjure spirits this Halloween through crafty mixology invented to bring souls back from the dead. A classic cocktail named The Corpse Reviver No. 2, was created to cure hangovers through the magic of gin and its complex counterparts.

Thought to have been lost after being first published in the Savoy Cocktail Handbook by legendary barman Harry Craddock in 1930, this drink is an old relative to morning remedies intended as “hair of the dog.”

Delicious and simple, the recipe calls for Gin, fresh lemon juice, Cointreau and Lillet Blanc (a French aperitif wine). Sweet orange combined with tart lemon and floral notes of Lillet make the drink surprisingly complex, with the kicker being the addition of an absinthe rinse. The absinthe gives the concoction a subtle aroma and flavor, yet is preferred by some to be added into the mix itself. A fresh orange peel garnish allows citrus oils to combine with the rinse, making a potent yet refreshing beverage acceptability indulged upon at any time.

Even more enticing, the use of St. Augustine Distillery Gin allows local citrus notes in the spirit to emerge into a balanced beverage that drives away the bad spirits of the past (or the previous evening).

Note: The original Corpse Reviver is a combination of Cognac, apple brandy and sweet vermouth, and is said to be consumed before 11 a.m. Due to the rich brandy flavor, the second Corpse Reviver became more popular due to the ease in palatability and subtle complexities.

The Corpse Reviver No. 2:

1 oz. St. Augustine New World Gin

.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

.75 oz. Lillet Blanc

.75 oz. Cointreau

Dash of absinthe


Shake first four ingredients and with ice. Rinse coupe glass with absinthe and strain into glass. Garnish with an orange peel.