The Corpse Reviver No. Blue is an unashamedly a blue drink. You can be forgiven, from the photo, for thinking I have emptied a bottle of mouthwash into a martini glass. But don’t let the neon colour put you off. This is one fine cocktail that tastes better than it looks if you use good quality cocktail ingredients.
A Drop of Cocktail History
Corpse Revivers have been around since the mid 19th century, devised by bartenders as ‘hair of the dog’ remedies or pick-me-ups. Variations on the cocktail substitute brandy for the gin.
The popularity of the modern Corpse Reviver is down to Harry Craddock who included two versions in his seminal 1930s The Savoy Cocktail Book: Corpse Reviver No.1 and No.2, about which he states that “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”
Corpse Reviver No. Blue is a riff on the No.2, substituting the colourless triple sec for the equally orange tasting but vivid blue curaçao liqueur. Created in 2007 by New Zealand mixologist Jacob Briars as a jokey response to the sniffy disdain for blue drinks, the cocktail has somehow ‘stuck’.
Quite a few ‘blue’ drinks haven’t been so lucky and have suffered a demise in popularity. The Aviation is another ‘blue’ drink that like the Corpse Reviver No. Blue is just about holding its own.
- 22.5ml / 0.75oz gin
- 22.5ml / 0.75oz blue curaçao liqueur
- 22.5ml / 0.75oz dry vermouth
- 22.5ml / 0.75oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Absinthe rinse
- Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice until cold.
- Pour a little absinthe into a chilled martini glass. Swirl around until the inside of the glass is coated with absinthe. Pour out any remaining liquid.
- Strain the contents of the shaker into the martini glass.
Lemon or orange zest but just as good without.
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