The weekend is almost here, and I’m getting a little more giddy by the hour. I’m smiling thinking of all the possible things to do. That’s the brilliant thing about Friday, isn’t it? It’s the potential. This weekend we don’t have any concrete plans yet, and that makes my mind wander all the more. Shall we explore these two great cities we live in a bit? Take a drive out to the farm that’s been growing our CSA food? Find a beautiful lake or river to relax by? As evening rolls around, perhaps have a cockta…? Oh wait, that last one was a silly question. Of course we’ll be having a cocktail.
In fact, I can say with some certainty that I’ll be having this cocktail– the Corpse Reviver No. 2. It is without a doubt one of my favorite summer drinks. Radd first introduced it to me last year and it was love at first taste. He had been out of town, walked into a cocktail bar, and asked the bartender to make something “interesting.” This is what he got (along with the recipe) and it blew him away. We’ve been making it ever since.
So what’s with the weird name? Apparently it was an old hangover cure that would revive your corpse after a long night in the pub. It was first listed in the Savoy Cocktail Handbook by Harry Craddock in 1930, so it has been around for awhile.
This cocktail basically tastes like jacked-up lemonade with a twist. That twist being a hint of anise flavor from the absinthe rinse. It’s subtle and oh-so-very intriguing! It’s a perfect sipping cocktail when it’s hot outside and the sun is shining down. If you make this– I’m almost certain you will love it. Have a wonderful weekend, friends! Cheers!
The Recipe: Corpse Reviver No. 2
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
1 oz. Lillet blanc
1 oz. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Combine and shake the gin, Cointreau, Lillet, and lemon juice over ice and let rest for a minute or so. While the ingredients are resting, pour about a half teaspoon of absinthe into a well-chilled cocktail glass and roll the glass allowing the absinthe to coat the sides. Discard the absinthe that remains in the glass. Give the ingredients another shake and strain it into your absinthe-rinsed glass. Serve with a lemon twist.
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