Resurrect Your Drink Menu with a Corpse Reviver

Posted on August 7, 2014
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Corpse Reviver Cocktail

No one knows who decided drinking more booze would cure a hangover, nor has it proven to be true. But what can be confirmed is hungover or not, morning cocktails are cooler than a Popsicle on a hot summer day.

A great money maker for the usually low-cost fare of breakfast, morning libations enhance brunch options and are easy upsell items. Mimosas and Bloody Marys are standard practice, but if you’re looking to embellish your A.M. drink menu, try experimenting with corpse revivers.

Fitting to its name, corpse revivers were commonly used as hangover cure-alls, or “whenever steam and energy are needed” according to renowned bartender Harry Craddock.

With ever-changing  cocktail trends, classic concoctions like the corpse reviver almost went extinct, but have recently been making a comeback for 21st century cocktail connoisseurs.

Enjoy, but we warned! These drinks are powerful. Craddock also advised “four of these taken in swift succession will quickly un-revive the corpse again.”

Corpse Reviver

Prep Time:5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


1-1/2 ounce Cognac

1 ounce Calvados or other apple brandy

3/4 ounce Sweet Vermouth


Combine all ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

Corpse Reviver #2

Prep Time:5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


3/4 ounce Lillet

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce Cointreau

3 drops absinthe or pastis


Rinse your cocktail glass with the drops of absinthe, and pour out.

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.

Strain into cocktail glass.

photo credit: nerdling via photopin cc

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Lauren is a New York native who currently resides in Denver, Colorado. She fills her life with ski trips, good friends, arts-n-crafts nights, homemade meals and snuggle sessions with her cat Tibadeaux.

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