Corpse Reviver 2 Recipe

A brightly refreshing and citrusy classic cocktail made with gin, Lillet Blanc, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice.

Corpse Reviver No. 2 Recipe

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 or Corpse Reviver 2 is a 1930s classic cocktail that first appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock. It’s a really citrusy and refreshing cocktail thanks to the orange liqueur (Cointreau or triple sec), lemon juice, and Lillet Blanc. If I had to compare it to any other cocktail in terms of flavor, it would be a French 75 without the bubbles.

The one spirit that jumps out in this cocktail is Lillet Blanc. Lillet is a French, wine-based aperitif that tastes like a sweet sauvignon blanc with a dry spiced finish. It’s absolutely essential for this cocktail, however, it’s sometimes substituted with Cocchi Americano.

The Corpse Reviver 2 earned its name from its hangover-curing qualities. It was said by barkeeps to raise you from the dead from a previous night’s overindulgence. I can personally agree it’s a fantastic brunch cocktail that should absolutely sit next to the bloody mary or mimosa. It’s smooth, lemony, subtly sweet, and not overly boozy with only 3/4 ounces of gin and low-proof liqueurs/aperitifs. Just enough punch to get you back on the wagon.


  • Gin
  • Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
  • Cointreau or triple sec
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Absinthe (optional)


Classically this cocktail is made with absinthe, however, I wouldn’t say it’s absolutely necessary to successfully pull off the drink. You can mix in a barspoon of absinthe to add subtle absinthe/anise notes and flavor. It’s not for everyone, but I personally love it.

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Corpse Reviver No. 2 Recipe
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Corpse Reviver 2 Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: English


A brightly refreshing and citrusy classic cocktail made with gin, Lillet Blanc, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon juice.


  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Dash or barspoon Absinthe (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into the coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon or orange.


Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano can be found with the other aperitifs (Campari and Aperol) and specialty liqueurs.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 121
  • Sugar: 12.5g
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.8g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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