Corpse Reviver

The Corpse Reviver Cocktail

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I’ve heard a lot about this cocktail lately.  It is supposed to take the place of a Bloody Mary at brunch the next day in the event of a hangover from the night before.  I am not a big tomato juice fan.  In fact, I hate it.  I love tomatoes, I love spaghetti sauce (I am Italian), however, the idea of drinking watered down marinara sauce does nothing but make me even more nauseas.  So, enter the Corpse Reviver, and what a great name for a hangover drink.   However, this is so delicious that you might just have yourself a few which will lead to a double hangover.  Please don’t do that to yourself.  Drink one, let it set in, see how you feel.  As always, plenty of water and aspirin the night before is the best prevention for a hangover.  And, if you don’t believe in the hair of the dog cure (a light drink so your body does not suffer from alcohol withdrawal), there is always Sprite.  Some Chinese studies show that somehow the ingredients in Sprite help speed up enzymes and helps take the edge off a hangover and helps to recover slightly faster.  Again, don’t try this at home, know your limit.

The Corpse Reviver Ingredients

  • 1 Ounce London Dry Gin (I used No. 209, not London Dry, but its all I had available and worked very well)
  • 1 Ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (about half of a large lemon)
  • 1/2 Ounce Dry Curaçao, Cointreau, or Triple Sec if all else fails
  •  1/4 Ounce Absinthe
  • Lemon Rind for garnish (not that you need a garnish when you are hungover, but since you squeezed the lemon anyway, it might make for a pleasant comforting presentation

Simply shake all ingredients hard over ice, strain into a glass, go back to sleep.  If you awake still feeling like you wish you never see another drink again, load up on a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, strong black coffee, plenty of water, and yes, again more sleep.

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