Corps Reviver no.2
Fall at The Clemberly means two things: football and cocktails. I like one of those things. Which works out really well because I get to try my hand at mixing new (to me) drinks and everyone watching football gets to drink them. (You'd be surprised how well Manhattans pair with chicken wings.)
The house favorites usually include the good 'ol Manhattan, or 'Clemhattan' because we name everything after our dog, Clementine (yep, were those people), and a variation of the Last Word cocktail- I mean, seriously, we go through a bottle of Chartreuse in about a week. And that shit's expensive!
Last year, I discovered the Airmail cocktail from my PDT recipe book and have added it to my rotation. And last weekend, a couple of friends came over to preview new favorites for this year (i.e.- help me finish out a couple of bottles to make room for more!). And the winner? Corpse Reviver No. 2! As huge fans of the Last Word, this drink was similar- if on the less sweet side. And I love any drink with a 1:1:1:1 ratio!
Now, you're probably familiar with the potent Corpse Reviver. I am in that it's usually the last thing I remember ordering. It's a solid drink and a ferociously boozy tipple. The sequel is a bit lighter and may actually leave you on your feet after imbibing. Perfect for brunch, afternoons on the porch, or paired with a football veggie plate spread!
corpse reviver no. 2
3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. cointreau
3/4 oz. lillet blanc
3/4 oz. lemon juice
shake with ice and strain into a chilled absinthe-rinsed coupe
The recipe I used came from The PDT Cocktail Book, though was sourced by them from The Savoy Cocktail Book (which is kind of like the bible of cocktail making in its historical authority. Ok, Well Jerry Thomas's book is closer to the bible. You know what? Jerry Thomas's Bon Vivant's Companion- or whatever title version you prefer- is like the Old Testament and The Savoy Cocktail Book is the New Testament.) I mean, whatever! Just enjoy- and while you do so, keep in mind the Savoy's caveat-
"Four of these taken in quick succession will unrevive the corpse again"