The appropriately named Corpse Reviver cocktails were originally intended as hangover cures. Though the family included a diverse group of cocktails, you were meant to pick one depending on whatever you drank the night before, with a base spirit to reflect the “hair of the dog” that bit you. Sadly, many of the cocktail family members have been forgotten over the years, but two of the most popular were printed in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930: the Corpse Reviver #1, made with Cognac, and the #2 variation, made with gin. The #2 is bright, light and citrusy—a perfect mid-day remedy after a long night of too many Martinis or Gimlets.
Corpse Reviver #2
Essentially an Apple Brandy Sour, this tart cocktail first appeared in Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks in 1916. But it didn’t gain widespread popularity until the 1920s when Los Angeles’s iconic (and now, sadly, defunct) Brown Derby restaurant featured it on the menu. The drink is an invigorating mix of applejack (o...