Feeling revived

Posted by TraderTiki on July 31st, 2007 — Posted in Classic Cocktails, Drinks, Gin, Recipes

Nothing beats the mid-afternoon blur like a little pick me up.

In my case, however, after the latest Tiki Kon I need something to wake the dead.

As I was searching through other cocktail blogs, I found the perfect solution in the Corpse Reviver #2.

Corpse Reviver #2

Corpse Reviver #2

  • 3/4 ounce Dry Gin (Bluecoat highly recommended for this)
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet blanc
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes absinthe (sub. Herbsainte)

Combine in a shaker with cracked ice; shake and strain.  Garnish with a stemless cherry.

What an incredible balance. It’s funny, in drinks such as this, and The Final Word (which I still need to go up to Seattle to get from Murray), having an even blend of ingredients makes it just fine and dandy. With tropical cocktails, not to discount the rest, there is so much balance with the fruit and liqueurs. I think working with juice can tend to make the difference. To tart or too sweet and next thing you know out comes the simple syrup to balance it out. It’s refreshing to have a nice drink made out of ingredients that won’t go bad in two days.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the Maraschino cherry came out so dark? Well, that ain’t no corn syrup and red #5. That’s the real deal. Made by Luxardo, and found at the Uptowne Liquor Store in town. $15 far a small jar, but the difference makes all the world. I was introduced to real Maraschino cherries by Martin Cate, and I haven’t been the same since. The surrounding syrup is thick like blood, it clings to the cherries delicately, and moves around in the drink, without harming the flavor, but encouraging the berry and citrus to come out. And when that delicate little morsel is finally partaken of, it leaves the memory of itself on the bottom of the glass. Red, thick, and fantastic.

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