Looking for a cocktail to enjoy on Halloween? A Corpse Reviver may be just the thing. The playful name comes from the fact that you would sip this cocktail in the morning after a night of heavy drinking to revive your spirits. Hair of the dog, as they say.

Despite its cheeky name, a Corpse Reviver is an elegantly balanced cocktail that dates back to around the 1870s. This hangover cure consists of equal parts of gin (I used Plymouth), Lillet blanc, Cointreau or any orange-flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier will do just as well), and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Before pouring, the glass is rinsed with absinthe. I used Pernod instead, as it’s more readily available, and has the same anise flavor.

The picture above is for fun. The cocktail actually looks like this:

Corpse Reviver cocktail

Here is the recipe:

Corpse Reviver cocktail

Absinthe or Pernod to rinse the glass
1 ounce dry gin
1 ounce Lillet blanc
1 ounce Cointreau, or any orange-flavored liqueur
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Rinse the inside of a martini glass with absinthe, and discard the excess.

2. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the gin, Lillet blanc, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake until well-chilled.

3. Strain into the prepared glass.

4. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Have you ever tried a Corpse Reviver? Do you enjoy cocktails on Halloween or stick to candy? Either way, enjoy your little ghosts and goblins. And if you do decide to raise the dead, you can’t go wrong with this tasty cocktail.

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