Personal Preferences: Something new
Style of Drink: aperitif
Spirit of Choice: gin
Last Drink: Manhattan
The Partner had one tough week at work this week. So rather than tax him with something new, I made him our now standard Manhattan. For me, how could I not mix up something called the Corpse Reviver #2?? I’ll need to find Reviver #1 – which Meehan ties to the Savoy Cocktail Book. Wow, was this enjoyable! Think of a smoooooth lemonade.
For A. & R., you may want to consider this one for Orphans’ Easter. I know you’ve already made a choice from the Dilettante's list. But this one is really nice, not to mention easy-breezy to mix. Plus, you still get to use Lillet!
As for The Partner, it’s a good thing I love the man. Whenever I don’t make him a new concoction, mixing him a Ketel or Manhattan instead, he always asks, “What’ve you got there?” The question is usually tinged with envy. Read: "How come you didn't make me one too?" and pouted through boo-boo lips. I got the same this time around too.
“It’s a Corpse Reviver #2. And no, you can’t have a sip.” He shot back with some faux wounded quip about it not mixing with a Manhattan anyway. But sure enough, by round two he wanted a sip and I was willing to give it over.
“Oh wow! That’s like a smooth lemon drop. That’s gonna be a regular on the deck this summer.”
Husbands. He really oughta just trust me from the outset :-P
Corpse Reviver #2
¾ oz. gin
¾ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. Lillet Blanc
¾ oz. lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Absinthe-rinsed coupe*.
*: Again, we don’t own coupes and we’re not fans of Absinthe – even a rinse of it. So I didn’t use them here.
UPDATE: This was the other offering for The Partner's birthday cocktail party mentioned in the Pimm's Cup #1 Update. And A. & R. did wind up featuring it for Orphans' Easter, as recommended above. Easily this could've been a more regular feature on the roof this summer. However, we ran out of Lillet pretty early on and, for whatever reason, it didn't get restocked in a timely manner. Still, the CR2 became my order of choice when cocktailing "off-site". If the mixologist is worth his rimming salt, he knows the beverage. If not, with it's equal proportions and short ingredients list, it's easy to remember and coach him through. That said, be sure to ask if Lillet is behind the bar. This is not the same cocktail without it.