Friday drinks: corpse reviver

Happy Friday! Looking for that perfect drink to serve at your Walking Dead viewing party? We’ve got you covered. Why not try a corpse reviver?

A corpse reviver mixed by Jeff Stewart. Photo by Jeff Stewart.

A corpse reviver mixed by Jeff Stewart. Photo by Jeff Stewart.

Depending on your sensibilities, the corpse reviver may sound awesome or icky. The term was originally used to describe certain “hair of the dog” hangover cure drinks. Like a zombie bite, these types of drinks allegedly provided reanimation for poor hungover souls.

A "Walking Dead"

A parched zombie from The Walking Dead. Photo courtesy of AMC network.

Today many people drink corpse revivers as regular, non-curative cocktails because they tend to be complex and interesting. There are cognac, brandy, and gin-based corpse revivers. We’re sharing a gin version, which is unimaginatively called corpse reviver #2. I really wish it was called something like, I don’t know, once-bitten-twice-die corpse reviver or apocalypse-survivalist Molotov cocktail.

The name might not be very clever, but the recipe is quite inventive. The green fairy makes an appearance in the corpse reviver #2. In fact, the first thing I noticed about this drink was the absinthe. A hint of anise or black licorice aroma greets you with every sip because the cocktail glass is coated with a touch of absinthe before the rest of the mixture is poured. Jeff Stewart, music video and commercial director and our trusty mixologist, suggests swirling St. George Absinthe in your cocktail glass, thus coating its interior with the spirit.

The absinthe taste leads you into a crisp, bright citrus taste, which is delicately balanced with Lillet Blanc. Lillet Blanc is a wine-appertif with its own citrus notes and sweetness. (We last used it in the Vesper AKA James Bond’s martini.) The corpse reviver #2 has a lingering finish of absinthe that is neither overpowering nor cloying.

Jeff suggests Plymouth or Hendricks gin and, of course, fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Wanna try Jeff’s recipe? Here it is.

1 oz. gin
1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp. absinthe

Add absinthe to a cocktail glass. Swirl the absinthe so it coats the interior of the glass, especially the lip. Pour gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, and lemon juice into an iced cocktail shaker and shake for 25-30 seconds. Add to cocktail glass and serve. You can garnish with a cherry or mint leaf, if you want to get fancy. Cheers!

Keep your glass half-full. Drink responsibly.

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