“There are no Halloween cocktails,” someone once said on Twitter, and they might be right. I tried to find a pumpkin one that didn’t taste like baby food and I failed—no pumpkin spice martini for you. Fear not, I wouldn’t leave you out in the cold: A Corpse Reviver is the perfect Halloween treat.
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Made famous by Harry Craddock, who helmed the American Bar at the legendary Savoy Hotel in London during the 1930s, the Corpse Reviver was conceived as a hangover cure—now the name makes sense! The recipe blends bracing citrus flavors with ingredients which are almost all entirely alcoholic. That’s my kind of breakfast cocktail.
The Corpse Reviver is currently experiencing a revival here in the US, according to the New York Times Magazine, which credits its smooth drinkability. But the truth is that it’s election season which means America’s perpetual drink-to-forget state is in an accelerated mode—we need more hair-o’-the-dog than ever.
Should you drink this on Halloween? Yes. Should you drink this the morning after Halloween? Yes. Should you drink this the night after Halloween because Halloween is finally on a Saturday this year, thank god, which means you can also drink all day Sunday? Yes. And then keep on drinking it straight through to the first Tuesday of November 2016, when you hopefully won’t have to drink it anymore.
Corpse Reviver No. 2
Check out Rosie Schaap’s excellent story in last week’s New York Times Magazine for other variations on the cocktail. Here’s her recipe for the traditional No. 2 with my recommendations.
- ¾ oz. dry gin (I like Aviaton)
- ¾ oz. Cointreau
- ¾ oz. Cocchi Americano (I use Lillet Blanc instead)
- ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
- Dash of absinthe
Chill a coupe glass and swirl the absinthe inside. Shake everything else vigorously with ice and strain into coupe. Garnish with Martha Stewart’s eyeballs.