Why we love this rhubarb corpse reviver
When was the Corpse Reviver #2 invented? There are many variations of corpse revivers – a class of drinks meant to ease a hangover – but the second rendition is the most well known.
It was originally featured in the Savoy Cocktail book in 1930, and features gin, Lillet Blanc, orange liqueur and lemon juice.
While a traditional corpse reviver uses orange liqueur, adding rhubarb simple syrup adds a delicate tartness that plays up the citrusy notes in this cocktail making it extra refreshing and light.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Lillet Blanc
- Lime juice
- Rhubarb simple syrup – We made a homemade rhubarb simple syrup but you can use a plain simple syrup or try using your favorite flavor.
How to make a corpse reviver no. 2
Make the simple syrup. Heat 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 – 3 cups of sliced rhubarb and simmer until the rhubarb has softened and the sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat and all the syrup to cool before straining into a storage container.
Shake the cocktail. Add the ingredients cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Cover and shake contents vigorously until well chilled, about 10-15 seconds.
Garnish and serve. Strain the drink into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a rhubarb ribbon before serving.
Everything you need to know about the corpse reviver cocktail
There are a couple standard variations of the corpse reviver cocktail. The original, Corpse Reviver No.1 was a more simplified recipe including only brandy and vermouth. The more commonly made and updated Corpse Reviver No. 2 includes gin, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc – a French aperitif wine – and orange liqueur.
The corpse reviver was invented to bring you back to life, when you’ve had a bit too much the night before. This cocktail was meant to be a hair of the dog type of drink, to pick you up and get you going again.
Lillet Blanc is a French aperitif wine featuring citrus, floral and herbal notes. It’s sweet and light, although it is classified as a dry wine, making it a perfect addition to cocktails, adding its lovely flavors without overpowering cocktails.
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- 1 ounces gin
- 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 1 ounce rhubarb simple syrup*
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Cover and shake until contents are well chilled, about 10-15 seconds.
- Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with rhubarb ribbon.
*To make rhubarb simple syrup: Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2-3 cups sliced rhubarb and simmer until the rhubarb has softened and the sugar has dissolved. Allow syrup to cool before straining into a storage container.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Gin
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 146
- Sugar: 14.5 g
- Sodium: 0.9 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 17 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 0.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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