Hey babes – I’m writing to you from sunny Florida, which is why I haven’t blogged in a bit. But luckily for you I’ve found a couple of really cool people to fill in for me this week. First up is Sydney, who has an awesome blog and is basically a cocktail making queen. She’s sharing one of her recipes in this post and I seriously cannot wait to try it when I get home. Enjoy!
Oh hi there. I’m Sydney and I blog over at the oh-so-originally named The Sydney Chronicles. By day/normal people’s schedules I’m a midwifery student but by night/my downtime I read a lot of books, over post on instagram and make a lot of drinks. I had a bit of a moment with ginger beer, lime juice and varying alcohols this summer. Seriously delicious. I usually test drive all my cocktails with my friends, much to their delight, so I can guarantee that the drink I’m sharing today comes midwifery student approved.
Today we’re making a sort-of famous drink: The Corpse Reviver #2. The Corpse Reviver #2 was initially conceived as a hangover cure and appeared in the famous drink making guide The Savoy Cocktail Book. I can’t vouch for it’s ability to dispel hangovers, having never attempted the process, but I certainly can tell you that it’s delicious and well worth procuring a hangover in the process of drinking one.
While I normally prefer drinks with a few simple ingredients, like my personal favourite, the manhattan, occasionally having something a little fancier can be fun! The two ingredients you probably don’t already have at home are Lillet Blanc and Absinthe. Or perhaps you do have them on hand and are therefore infinitely cooler than me. This is highly possible. Lillet is a fortified french wine which is delicious on it’s own or can be mixed into a multitude of cocktails. If you make a lot of drinks at home, it’s worth buying a bottle to have on hand. Then there’s absinthe. As a millennial my knowledge of absinthe is largely based on the early 2000s classic Eurotrip, which gave some of us the impression that drinking even the smallest drop would send us into a hallucinatory stupor. Perhaps that’s why it’s included in a cocktail named the Corpse Reviver. Regardless of it’s rumoured hallucinogenic properties, it really is delicious and a great liquor for doing a rinse. A rinse, or wash, is a neat cocktail making trick where one uses liquor to coat the inside of a glass before pouring the rest of the cocktail. Check out how to do a rinse here. Now that we’ve learned a new trick and some background info, let’s get down to cocktail making. Definitely use this one to impress your friends. Cheers!
Corpse Reviver #2
(makes one drink)
- 3/4 oz gin
- 3/4 oz lillet blanc
- 3/4 oz cointreau or triple sec
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/4 oz absinthe
Add absinthe to a clean glass. Rinse the glass with absinthe, set aside. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine gin, lillet blanc, cointreau and lemon juice. Shake to combine. Pour into glass and garnish with a lemon peel. Enjoy!