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How To Make a Corpse Reviver #2 Cocktail

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The Corpse Reviver #2. Despite a somewhat intimidating title, the Corpse Reviver #2, when made correctly, is a wonderfully complex, balanced and sophisticated cocktail. Part of a 'family' of Corpse Reviver cocktails, #2 is a blend of gin, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, Lillet Blanc and a dash of the green fairy.
What you'll need: 
Boston shaker
Cubed ice
Martini glass
Fresh lemon juice
Lillet Blanc
Orange zest
Fill the Martini glass with ice and cold water before placing it in the fridge to cool. This will help to keep the finished cocktail at the perfect temperature.
Fill the mixing glass with cubed ice. Into the mixing glass pour 25ml/0.8oz of gin. Choose a bold gin if possible. Good options include Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray No.10, Gin209 and Beefeater 24.
Add 25ml/0.8oz of Cointreau to the mixing glass. Cointreau is a strong Triple Sec liqueur based on brandy and flavoured primarily with the peel of sweet and bitter oranges which imparts a complex citrus tang to the Corpse Reviver #2.
Pour 25ml/0.8oz of Lillet Blanc into the ice-filled mixing glass. A blend of sweet and bitter orange and grapefruit peel liqueurs with Bordeaux wines, Lillet Blanc is a French aperitif which compliments the citrus notes of the gin and Cointreau.
Add a quarter of a teaspoon of absinthe to the blend. The strong herbal notes of the absinthe will add complexity to the cocktail.
Squeeze 25ml/0.8oz of fresh lemon juice and add it to the mixing glass. The acidity of the fresh lemon will add contrast and help to temper the alcoholic strength of the blend.
Firmly place the Boston tin on top of the mixing glass ensuring a good seal. Shake vigorously until the tin frosts over.
Discard the ice and water from the Martini glass before straining the cocktail into the chilled glass. Garnish with fresh orange zest.
The Corpse Reviver #2 is a powerful, deliciously sophisticated cocktail and though it may not be the hangover cure it's reputed to be, it's certainly worth trying.
Use the best gin you can get hold of as it is a dominant flavour.
Triple Sec can be used in place of Cointreau though Cointreau is preferable.
Avoid pre-prepared/bottled lemon juice or cordials.
Make sure you use Lillet Blanc and not the sweeter, red Lillet Rouge.
The Corpse Reviver #2 has a high alcohol content and should therefore be drunk in moderation.


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