Corpse Reviver No.2 – Original Savoy Cocktail Recipe

The Corpse reviver family of cocktails started in the mid 1800s with the original brandy based one, but this one is from The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. Invented sometime in the early 1900s the Corpse Reviver #2’s only similarity to the original is in the use of its name. While the original was more like a brandy old fashion this one is more like an improved gin sour.

The inventor Harry Craddock was born in England but moved to America in 1897 to practice bartending. In 1920 he moved back to England and began working at The American Bar inside the Savoy Hotel, where he is credited with inventing some of the worlds most famous cocktails.

Corpse Reviver No.2 Cocktail
Corpse Reviver No.2 Cocktail

Corpse Reviver No.2 ingredients:

  • 45 mls (1.5 oz) Dry Gin
  • 20 mls (2/3 oz) Orange Liqueur
  • 20 mls (2/3 oz) Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
  • 20 mls (2/3 oz) lemon Juice
  • 20 mls (2/3 oz) Absinthe

Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Strain into glass to remove ice shards

ABV = 25%

Originated from London, UK


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