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Hair of the Dog – Corpse Reviver

By Lia Sanders on 1/01/15 11:00 AM

The expression “hair of the dog” comes from the medieval idea that to cure the bite of a rabid dog you were meant to apply its brunt hair to the wound.  Alcoholic cures for hangovers may only be marginally more successful at mitigating the effects of the night before. Yet if you are going to opt for a hair of the dog, you might as well do it properly. Step forward the aptly named “Corpse Reviver”.

While many cocktails have been given this name, the most popular is Corpse Reviver #2, supposedly invented by legendary Savoy bartender Harry Craddock. He recommended drinking it before 11am or “whenever steam or energy are needed” but cautioned that “four of these taken in swift succession will quickly unrevive the corpse again.”

Corpse Reviver #2


3/4 oz Old Tom gin

3/4oz Cointreau

3/4 oz Lillet Blanc

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

An absinthe rinse

Luxardo cherry


Add all ingredients into a shaker except for the cherry and absinthe. Shake with ice. Rinse your chilled cocktail glass with 3 drops of absinthe. Discard any excess absinthe. Strain your shaker into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.