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There was a time when it was acceptable to have a morning tipple to cure what ailed you. Hair of the dog, picker uppers, lifts, fog cutters, eye openers, restoratives, whatever you called them, they were drinks that were supposed to help you start your day right. The most delicious of these (other than our Bloody Marys) is the Corpse Reviver No. 2, a refreshing mix of gin, Lillet, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and a splash of absinthe to chase away any remaining demons. Our variation uses White Pike Whiskey (aged for 18 minutes), giving it a creamier flavor and rounder mouthfeel. Just be careful. In the words of the original's creator, Harry Craddock, “Four taken in quick succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

Corpse Reviver No. 18 (makes 1)

  • 3/4 oz White Pike Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Pernod Absinthe

In a cocktail shaker with ice add the White Pike, Lillet, Grand Marnier, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.

In a coupe glass or martini glass, add a barspoon of absinthe and swirl it around to coat the glass. Strain the mixed cocktail into the glass and garnish with a cocktail cherry.