Corpse Reviver No. 2

This lemony gin cocktail that’s a century-old fan favorite may—or may not—cure a hangover as its name implies.

  • Serves

    makes 1 cocktail

  • Cook

    5 minutes


By Harry Craddock

Updated on June 17, 2022

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a classic cocktail from the Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), a seminal compilation of recipes and lore by the then-head barman at London’s grand Savoy Hotel. Bright, botanical, and pleasantly astringent, it’s the most enduring of the many so-called Corpse Revivers, a family of cocktails created in the 19th century that was named for its purported hangover-curing properties. The introduction to the original recipe reads, tellingly, “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”


  • 1 oz. Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. London dry gin, such as Plymouth
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 orange peel


Step 1

To an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add the Cocchi Americano, Cointreau, lemon juice, gin, and absinthe. Shake vigorously until very cold, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a twist of orange peel, and serve immediately.

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