The story of the corpse reviver is that of a drink "to be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed," according to Harry Craddock in the "The Savoy Cocktail Book" from 1930. It goes beyond a single drink and was instead an entire class of pre-Prohibition drinks. These were, quite appropriately, meant to "raise the dead" or, in reality, someone who was hungover and stumbled into the bar early in the morning.
The corpse reviver no. 2 is a popular classic cocktail and arguably the best-tasting of all the corpse reviver drinks. It is a great gin cocktail and a testament to the mixability of its botanical-filled spirit. Traditionally, it would have used Kina Lillet, though Lillet Blanc and Cocchi Americano are commonly used today. In a pinch, dry vermouth will do just fine.
Ingredients: 45mL ImaGINation X HBWC Summer Cup gin 45mL Lillet Blanc 45mL Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao 45mL fresh lemon juice 1 dash Distillerie de Provence absinthe Orange peel, for garnish
Directions: Shake all ingredients together in an ice-filled cocktail shaker; strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange peel.