Morning Brace-up: The Corpse Reviver

z Vintage-hangoverI suppose with a moniker like “Corpse Reviver,” this cocktail was bound for revival. What many might not realize is that there is a whole school of Corpse Reviver cocktails. You can find #2 on many menus and has been popular for a number of years, but what of the others?

I hadn’t the heart to touch my breakfast. I told Jeeves to drink it himself—P.G. Wodehouse

The idea behind drinks like the Fog Cutter, Eye Opener, Gloom Lifter, Corpse Reviver, was that they would serve as a sort of hair-of-the-dog hangover remedy or as a morning bracer, though I doubt that any of them were truly invented with that in mind. When cocktails first started to weave their way into the American cultural fabric, they were simple affairs of liquor (often brandy but anything would do), a little sugar, a little water, and “medicinal” bitters. Hence they were often referred to as “taking one’s bitters” which sounds slightly more acceptable than taking one’s morning snort.

The Corpse Reviver #2 has been written about so much that we are not going to discuss it here.  Instead, I want to introduce you to a different Corpse Reviver; to my tastes, a much more interesting cocktail.  It is equal measures of brandy, Campari, Triple Sec, along with enough lemon juice to cut through the sweet.

1 oz Brandy

1 oz Campari

1 oz Triple Sec (Cointreau)

½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

This cocktail has a fairly complex flavor profile. The brandy and triple sec will tame somewhat the bitterness of the Campari, while the Campari and lemon juice while keep the drink from being just another brandy cocktail.

There are a multitude of Corpse Reviver cocktails out there. This one is just a little more interesting than most.