The Corpse Reviver, or family thereof, (no not called Zombies, that’s a different concept altogether) is a collection of cocktails designed as a Hair of the Dog hangover cure. The drink is laden with spirits and will certainly cure you of any self-pity. For about an hour. Then it’s back to bed for you.
Best served the day after your birthday, even though you’re old enough to know better. Shame on you.
How we make a Corpse Reviver:
Corpse Reviver No.2 #1
25ml triple sec
25ml fresh lemon juice
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
An abridged, inebriated history:
The Corpse Reviver drinks were intended to help those incapacitated by a hangover come back to life for the day. The necessity for the cocktail is interesting to note – a demand for such a medicinal drink must have been recognised, perhaps by the bourgeoisie, who loved both the intellectual artistic sphere and the high life in equal measure.
Whilst it’s thought that some of the drinks under the Corpse Reviver umbrella were established in England in around the 1860s, they were not put down in published form until Harry Craddock wrote them up in his 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book. Harry’s recipe is printed at the bottom of this article.
The use of alcohol to cure a hangover is of course, faintly ridiculous. It’s like using a plaster when you need stitches – the problem will be held back for a while, but you’re only making it worse in the long run. And possibly infected. As Harry Craddock himself once said of the Corpse Reviver: “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”
Harry Craddock’s original Corpse Reviver recipe:
¼ wine glass lemon juice
¼ wine glass kina lillet
¼ wine glass cointrau
¼ wine glass dry gin
1 dash absinthe
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