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RECENT COCKTAILS: NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Brandy, Becherovka, Bärenjäger
NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Campari, Eau de vie of Douglas Fir, Gin, Ginger liqueur, Lemon juice
NOVEMBER 24, 2012
Becherovka, Bärenjäger
NOVEMBER 23, 2012
Rye, Sweet vermouth, Bénédictine
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
Blended Scotch, Islay Scotch, Bitters, Lemon juice, Orgeat
NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Bourbon, Galliano, Aperol, Lemon juice
NOVEMBER 12, 2012
Red wine, Brandy, Falernum, Bitters, Lemon juice
Apple brandy, Dark rum, Jägermeister, Lemon juice, Honey syrup
NOVEMBER 11, 2012
Rye, Sweet vermouth, Cinnamon Schnapps liqueur, Orange bitters
Light rum, Coconut rum, Bitters, Cherry Bitters, Lime juice, Orange juice, Raspberry syrup

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

'Tis Pity She's a Corpse

A Short History of the Corpse Reviver

Nineteenth century drinking culture was, in many ways, quite alien to what is socially acceptable today. The local saloon was more like a coffee shop – where (mainly) men socialized and drank throughout the day. Many people started and ended their day with a drink, and took them to waken the appetite, digest meals, or “whenever steam and energy are needed”. Many drinks in the middle of the 19th century reflect the notion of the energy and verve a quick stiff drink would give the imbiber: “flash of lightning”, “pick me up”, “refresher”, “invigorator” and our primary subject, the “corpse-reviver”.

The first reference I can find of a drink called a Corpse Reviver is in Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper (London) on October 23rd, 1859 in which a theater reviewer describes Tom Taylor’s new play Garibaldi:

Suddenly, the reader will surprised to hear, every man jack of the company of troopers gets excessively drunk and incapable on a couple of enormous stone jugs of some American drink (possibly “corpse reviver” or “gone ‘coon”)…

One of the most interesting things about the search for the early Corpse Reviver is the lack of American sources that reference the drink. The earliest mentions are in London newspapers and magazines, and though they’re always very careful to call them “American drinks”, throughout the latter half of the 19th century, it is almost always European sources who give reference to the Corpse Reviver. Which makes a lot of sense, because no less than the celebrated Jerry Thomas introduced this drink to wild acclaim in London.

Recent Additions

  • High Horse — Añejo rum, Kirschwasser, Cherry Liqueur, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Brandied cherry
  • Electric Circus — Gin, Melon liqueur, Genepy, Bitters, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
  • Monkey Business — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Crème de Banane, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
  • (the) UNREP — Brandy, Crème de Violette, Lemon bitters, Dragonfruit
  • Sassburger — Blanco tequila, Strega, Ginger liqueur, Meyer lemon juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Cableknit, 2 hours 53 minutes ago jensck commented:

    Seriously strange. Maybe it's because I used a different coffee liqueur (Tempus Fugit), but I'm not sure these flavors work together.

  • Re String Theory, 4 hours ago stirred commented:

    Good winter vibes. Same vein as Left Hand and Black Lodge. Add to rotation.

  • Re Last Word, 17 hours 21 minutes ago Craig E commented:

    Abigail Gullo makes a Last Laugh by straining this into a champagne flute and topping with cava, with a lime twist.

  • Re The Smoked 45, 1 day 11 hours ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Quite sweet - dropped Cointreau to 0.5 oz

  • Re Tolkien, 2 days 4 hours ago lesliec commented:

    It's good you guys aren't just Tolkien in your sleep.