Corpse Reviver No. 2

July 1, 2010 (Day 152) — Corpse Reviver No. 2

It’s Thirsty Thursday, that noble traditional among the college set! And drunken hobos. Although, I suppose for a drunken hobo, every day is Thirsty Thursday. But, I digress. For those of you who are making their July 4th weekend a four-day weekend (kudos to you, by the way), you’re going to need a little bit of a pick-me-up after spending four-straight days getting gooned. So, while you’re still sober, I’ll help you guys out.

Let’s make the New Orleans’ traditional cocktail — The Corpse Reviver No. 2 (I may do No. 1 later on. It’s simply not as popular). Plus, it lets me use the very last of my four birthday boozes — Lillet blanc. So, before we can make it, we need to taste the Lillet neat.

This has a very distnict white-wine flavor, but much sweeter. It straddles the line between a dessert wine and a liqueur. I dig it. It’s not much of a surprise that Lillet is used in such a wide variety of cocktails. But, I’m in the mood for something classic.

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is meant to put a spring back in your step after a rough night out. And, in true 1920s style it’s almost nothing but booze.

The Corpse Reviver No. 2

3/4 gin

3/4 Lillet blanc

3/4 Cointreau

3/4 fresh lemon juice

2 dashes absinthe or herbsainte

Place your ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a stemless cherry.

A drink like this reminds me why mixology is great — when a cocktail comes together nd creates something better than the sum of its parts. All mix together seamlessly for a crisp/refreshing powerful libation. No one liquor stands above the other. Quite excellent. No wonder it’s survived the test of time!


— Mark

(Pictures will go up later. Having some internet issues).

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