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RECENT COCKTAILS: SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
Reposado Tequila, Fino sherry, Orange bitters, Lime juice, Agave syrup
SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
Blanco tequila, Herbal liqueur, Lime juice, Agave syrup
SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
Rum, Bitters, Passion fruit syrup, Lime juice
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Rye, Dry vermouth, Orange bitters, Ginger syrup
Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Orange bitters, Lime juice
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Bourbon, Ginger liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters, Orange bitters, Lemon juice
SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
Rye, Triple sec, Allspice Dram
AUGUST 17, 2012
Old Tom Gin, Fernet Branca, Sweet vermouth, Honey syrup, Lime juice
AUGUST 8, 2012
Gin, Sweet vermouth, Dry vermouth, Sanbitter, Lime juice
JULY 29, 2012
Añejo tequila, Cynar, Sweet vermouth, Orange bitters, Grapefruit bitters

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 55 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 24 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.