Colonsay Corpse Reviver Gin Cocktail

corpse reviver gin cocktail
Corpse Reviver Gin Cocktail

Colonsay Corpse Reviver Gin cocktail is a version from The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock 1930. As Kina Lillet is no longer made, the best alternative is Lillet Blanc. Although first noted as a Layered Corpse Reviver (which contained ingredients such as creme de noyau, maraschino, and even yellow chartreuse) seen on the menus of some Paris bars in 1863, the first Corpse Reviver recipe actually originates from “The Gentleman’s Table Guide” by E. Ricket and C. Thomas, published in 1871. And, fear not, there is nothing scary of zombie-like about The Corpse Reviver, it’s just a classic gin sour cocktail that’s sharp and tangy with citrus notes from the lemon juice and orange liqueur, with just the mearest suggestion of liquorice on the finish. It really is fabulous! Method and ingredients below:

22.5ml Colonsay Gin

22.5ml Lillet Blanc

22.5ml Cointreau

22.5ml Lemon Juice

1 dash Absinthe

Shake all ingredients with ice until well chilled, then fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass (we’ve used our fav Nick & Nora). Garnish with lemon zest.

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