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The Corpse Reviver

"What better drink to toast ghouls and witches (or to drown out all the Hallowe'en nonsense) than a Corpse Reviver No.2?" writes award-winning mixologist Jared Brown.

"The first two Corpse Reviver cocktails first appeared in the Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, written by Harry Craddock, the world's top bartender in the 1920s and 30s. His Corpse Revier No.1 was recommended for "before 11am, or whenever extra steam is needed." However, the No.2 came with a dire warning: "Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again."

The Corpse Reviver No.2

40ml gin

40ml fresh lemon juice

40ml Cointreau (or other triple sec)

40ml Lillet Blanc

dash of absinthe

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A simpler version of this drink, born in New Orleans, boosts the absinthe while continuing the macabre theme. This is the Obituary Cocktail:

40ml gin

20ml dry vermouth

10-20ml absinthe

Combine in an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

See Jared and his partner Anistatia Miller's site Mixellany for details of their events, appearances and cocktail books.

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