Halloween Cocktails: The Corpse Reviver

by Pamela

corpse reviver, halloween cocktail, classic cocktail, gin cocktail

It’s that time of year again when kids start dreaming about boatloads of candy and adults start thinking about what kind of trashy costume they can put together for the annual Halloween party.  At what point in our lives does that switch get flipped?  Especially in women.  “Hey, I can’t wait to see how many Reese Cups I get this year” to “Hey, does this French maid outfit make me look slutty enough?”

I’m not claiming to be Ms. Innocent in all of this (I wore my 8th grade Catholic school uniform well into my 20’s…and not just for Halloween), but I just wonder when it changes.

Of course, with adulthood and Halloween come the parties with lots of great food and cocktails.  In your youth, those Halloween parties are more about pizza, munchies, cheap beer and any other alcohol you could grab from your parents’ liquor cabinet (who cares if it was a bottle of Boone’s Farm…if there was alcohol in it, it was good enough).  There are some benefits of being an adult.  We actually grow taste buds and do care about what we try to put past them.

So for this year’s Halloween cocktail I decided to go the classic cocktail route.  Well, I didn’t so much as decide to as it was practically forced upon me.  My original creation was a deep dark purple libation that was quite delicious until the last ingredient.  When I decided to go all pro and pour a creamy float on top.  It sunk into the cocktail and curdled.  Since I didn’t really want to try to convince anyone that this disgusting looking thing tasted good, I chucked it and decided to go retro.  Yes, it’s true….food bloggers really DO have kitchen disasters.  One day I will do some posts and include the gory details (aka pictures).

This little classic cocktail comes from a family of cocktails called the corpse reviver.  There’s actually 4 of them in the family, but I think #2 is the best (which is the recipe I’ve included here).  The origination of the corpse reviver was to be used as a “hair of the dog” elixir for the morning after.  Truth be told, I’m pretty sure it was devised to just carry on the drunk from the night before.  But hey, it sounds like a good idea.

As far as gin cocktails goes, the corpse reviver #2 couldn’t get much easier.  It’s all equal parts except for the Absinthe, which is included as an ingredient listed as “1 drop.”  So no green fairy’s should be floating around your brain.

So regardless of when you serve this Halloween cocktail, at the party or for the morning after, you’ll appreciate that it’s a light cocktail that’s easy to remember how to mix.

Party on!

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Recipe: Corpse Reviver #2


  • 1 Ounce Gin
  • 1 Ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1 Ounce Orange Liqueur (like Cointreau)
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 Drop Absinthe


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)


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JodieMo October 22, 2011 at 6:55 am

I used to love to go to Halloween parties dressed as the catholic school girl myself. Although 10 years and a set of twins have now put me more in the witch-in-a-moo-moo type of outfit.
Love the cocktail. A couple of those and it would make any party much more fun.

Janis October 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm

You rock. I love the cocktail and I like your diagram :–)

Pamela October 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thanks Janis.

Sippitysup October 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

there are so many interesting Corpse Revivers. I guess hangovers are a problem for some people. GREG

Pamela October 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Yeah, I wouldn’t know anything about that hangover thing either. It’s just something I hear about. HA

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