Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a classic cocktail with a rich history dating back to the 1930s. It was first published in Harry Craddock's 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' and was originally created as a 'hair of the dog' remedy to cure hangovers. The cocktail has since become a popular choice for those who enjoy a well-balanced, refreshing drink.

  • The name 'Corpse Reviver' refers to the drink's ability to bring the 'dead' back to life.
  • The No. 2 is the most famous of the Corpse Reviver family, with other variations including the Corpse Reviver No. 1 and No. 3.

How Corpse Reviver No. 2 Tastes?

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a well-balanced, refreshing cocktail with a complex flavor profile. It has a tart, citrusy taste from the lemon juice, a subtle sweetness from the triple sec, a herbal bitterness from the absinthe, and a crisp, dry finish from the gin.

Interesting facts about Corpse Reviver No. 2

  • The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is often considered a 'breakfast cocktail' due to its hangover-curing reputation.
  • The original recipe called for Kina Lillet, a now-discontinued aperitif wine. Modern recipes use Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano as a substitute.
  • The cocktail's popularity has led to many variations, including the 'Corpse Reviver No. Blue', which uses blue curaçao instead of triple sec.


A few good options for Corpse Reviver No. 2 are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin, at 0.75 oz, adds the botanical backdrop to this lively drink. If you skimp on the gin, you might as well call it a 'Corpse Whisperer' because you'll miss out on that herbaceous punch.

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Lemon juice

Same goes for that 0.75 oz of lemon juice – it's the citrusy soul of the party. Less and the drink limps, more and it's a lemonade with a kick.

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Triple sec

Also clocking in at 0.75 oz, triple sec brings sweetness and depth. No triple sec? Prepare for a one-dimensional drink that might leave you feeling like the 'corpse' part of the drink's name.

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Lillet Blanc

This is your aromatic wingman at 0.75 oz, rounding out flavors. Forgo Lillet, and you're ditching complexity for simplicity – not always a bad thing, but it's nice to have options.

Mary Mitkina


One dash is all it takes to add a hint of mystery. Absinthe-free? The drink still works, but it's like watching a thriller with the villain cut out.

Alex Green


Just one as the garnish; it's the curtain call on your taste buds' show. It's optional but recommended for full experience.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Corpse Reviver No. 2 Drink

  1. Chill a coupe glass by filling it with ice and water.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, triple sec, and Lillet Blanc.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Discard the ice and water from the chilled coupe glass.
  5. Rinse the glass with a dash of absinthe, swirling it around to coat the inside, and then discard the excess.
  6. Strain the shaken cocktail into the prepared coupe glass.
  7. Garnish with a cherry on a cocktail pick.

Pro Tips

  • Shaking: The key to a well-mixed Corpse Reviver No. 2 is to shake the ingredients vigorously. This not only mixes the ingredients but also chills the cocktail.
  • Absinthe Rinse: Don't skip the absinthe rinse. It adds a subtle layer of complexity to the cocktail.
  • Garnish: A cherry garnish adds a touch of sweetness that complements the tartness of the lemon juice.

Perfect Pairings

Light Appetizers

Pair the Corpse Reviver No. 2 with light appetizers like oysters or other shellfish to complement the refreshing and slightly briny notes of the cocktail.

Brunch Dishes

Due to its crisp and invigorating character, it matches well with typical brunch offerings such as eggs Benedict or a smoked salmon platter.

Cheese Platters

A cheese platter featuring goat cheese or feta, which have a tangy profile, would balance well with the zesty lemon and the botanical notes from the gin.

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What you could change in Corpse Reviver No. 2

  • Lillet Blanc: If you can't find Lillet Blanc, you can substitute it with Cocchi Americano.
  • Triple Sec: Cointreau can be used as a substitute for triple sec.
  • Absinthe: If you don't have absinthe, you can use Pernod as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Elderflower Reviver

Swap the triple sec for St. Germain (elderflower liqueur) to infuse a floral sweetness. The drink becomes a bouquet with a kick—perfect for springtime sipping.

Corpse Reviver No. Blue

Substitute the Lillet Blanc with Blue Curaçao for an eerie blue hue. The taste is similar with a bitter orange twist, making it a spooky yet delightful treat.

Herbal Reviver

Add a sprig of rosemary in the shaker and let it infuse briefly. The result is a savory twist that will revive more than your spirits—it'll breathe life into the herbs themselves!

In case you forgot basics how to make Corpse Reviver No. 2

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Corpse Reviver No. 2

What is the origin of the name 'Corpse Reviver'?

The name 'Corpse Reviver' refers to the belief that this drink could revive someone who feels as if they were 'dead' from a hangover or fatigue.

What is absinthe and why is it used in this cocktail?

Absinthe is a distilled, highly alcoholic beverage. It is used in the Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail for its unique flavor profile. It adds subtle herbal and bitter notes that balance out the sweetness and tartness of the other ingredients.

Does Corpse Reviver No. 2 only serve as a 'Hair of the Dog' remedy?

No, the cocktail has since evolved beyond its initial purpose. Today, it is enjoyed as a refreshing, complex cocktail in its own right - best enjoyed before noon.

What kind of gin should be used for Corpse Reviver No. 2?

Traditionally, dry gin is used in this cocktail to balance the sweetness of other ingredients. However, the type of gin can be altered according to personal preference.

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