Introducing our newest bottled cocktail, the Corpse Reviver No. Blue!

Oct 16, 2020 | Uncategorized

Let’s be serious, the Corpse Reviver No. Blue is a whole ‘lotta fun!

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This cocktail was created by good friend and mentor Jacob Briars.  When classic cocktail bars got too serious, he created something to make people smile, because the most important thing is always, and always will be, the customer. 

The classic Corpse Reviver No. 2 was created by Harry Craddock and first appears in the 1930 Edition of our favourite Savoy Cocktail Book in a section called ‘Reviver Cocktails’.  Reviver cocktails were designed to be drunk before 11am or “…whenever steam and energy are needed”.  This is a glorious combination of liqueur, vermouth, spirit and citrus, a style that existed during the 1920s. The flavours are all clearly defined and at the same time beautifully mixed.  A truly great classic drink, and as Harry Craddock said “…four of these, taken in succession, will un-revive the corpse again.”

The Corpse Reviver No. Blue was created in New Zealand to fight back against bartenders who believed that history was more important than hospitality. I was Jacob’s partner in crime when this cocktail made the jump from New Zealand to global fame at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans 2009.  Jacob and I were presenting a seminar on Molecular Mixology, and to confuse and delight the audience, we served the Corpse Reviver as both the number 2, and the number blue.  We asked the audience to pick the difference between the two cocktails.  Overwhelmingly, the Blue was considered sweeter than the classic.  It wasn’t.  Both drinks were identical except for colour.

The perception of the drinker is everything 😊.

We LOVE blue drinks because they are only blue for the fun of it!

When we learned that our friends at Marionette had re-formulated their spectacular Orange Curacao as a Blue Curacao with the addition of colour and mandarin, we had to bottle up a cocktail that is both a classic, a favourite, blue, and a cultural institution.

The Corpse Reviver No. Blue has become famous among good bartenders everywhere as a way to celebrate fun and passion over history and correctness, and to remind us all that the customer’s smile is the most important garnish any cocktail can have.

Celebrate Halloween this year with a well needed smile, drink something that is delicious, and blue for the hell of it.

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Corpse Reviver No. 2

30ml Anther Gin

20ml Kina Lillet Vermouth (Now no longer made, but Lillet Blanc can be substituted)

20ml Lemon Juice

20ml Cointreau

5ml Absinthe

5ml Sugar syrup

Add everything to a cocktail shaker, fill with lots of ice, and shake as hard as you can.  Remember that there needs to be enough kinetic energy added to the drink to revive a corpse.  Strain into a champagne saucer and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Corpse Reviver No. Blue

30ml Anther Gin

20ml Maidenii Kina

20ml Lemon Juice

20ml Marionette Blue Curacao

5ml Australian Absinthe

5ml Sugar syrup

Add everything to a cocktail shaker, fill with lots of ice, and shake as hard as you can.  Strain into a champagne saucer and garnish with a twist of lemon peel and laughter.

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