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Corpse Reviver No.1 Cocktail


The Corpse Reviver No.1 cocktail is a fairly simple drink built with calvados, sweet vermouth, and cognac.

Corpse Reviver No.1 Cocktail Info

The Corpse Reviver was an assortment of cocktails that were traditionally drunk as a hangover relief to revive and revitalize one after a long night of drinking. The category had no common characteristics, aside from being generally high-proof and served over ice.

The Corpse Reviver No. 1 was the first to be recorded as a recipe in " The Savoy Cocktail Book," originally published in 1930. This recipe book contained the most popular cocktails from London's Savoy Hotel. Harry Cradock, a bartender, and the author, write about the Corpse Reviver No. 1. "To be taken prior to 11 a.m. or when energy is required." But, Alcohol is not a stimulant, so I do not advise you to do this.

Although Corpse Revivers were popular in the late 19th and early twentieth centuries, they declined after Prohibition. They have seen a revival, just like many pre-Prohibition drinks. If you walk into a bar and look at the drink menu, it's more likely that you will find a Corpse Reviver No. 2 or a variation of the No. 2.

The Corpse Reviver No. 1 is a more unique gin drink than its sibling, the bright and botanical gin drink with absinthe. The Corpse Reviver No. 1 is a vibrant, rich mixture with a brandy base. Although it may seem odd to use this as a morning beverage, however many did. It is also an excellent choice for evening drinks. It leans towards the Manhattan family, which favors dark spirits and vermouth.

Ingredients Info

Because the split-based brandy is equal parts cognac, vermouth, and apple brandy, the drink is rich. A sweeter, less botanically-oriented sweet vermouth is needed to match the richness of the brandies, such as Punt E Mes or Carpano Antica Formula. Drinks made with really sweet vermouths could become cloying.

If you cannot find Calvados or want to make a detour, you can use another apple brandy. However, the flavor profile won't be the same. You can also replace cognac with Spanish brandy or another fine brandy, though there will still be differences. You can experiment with different brands until you find the one that gives you the perfect flavor.

Corpse Reviver No.1

Traditionally drunk as a hangover relief!


5 from 3 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: United Kingdom
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 30 ml Calvados
  • 30 ml Cognac
  • 20 ml Sweet Vermouth


  • Add ice to your mixing glass.
  • Add the ingredients.
  • Mix.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Serve!

Video Instructions

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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