Empress Corpse Reviver No. 2

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Cocktail History

The Empress Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created as a Halloween-inspired variation of the classic Corpse Reviver No. 2. It’s essentially the same recipe made with gin, citrus, Lillet Blanc, and absinthe, but it calls for Victoria Distillers Empress 1908 Gin to give it a unique purple color.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Butterfly Pea Blossom Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Victoria Distillers Empress 1908 Gin because it adds a light and refreshing juniper taste, herbal black tea flavor, and a purple hue thanks to one of its main ingredients—butterfly pea blossom.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Lillet Blanc: This is a French aromatized wine liqueur that is made with Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon grapes, citrus, florals, honey, and baking spices.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Absinthe: This is a spirit made with anise, wormwood, fennel, botanicals, and a neutral alcohol. We used Great Lakes Distillery Amerique 1912 Absinthe Verte. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Absinthe in place of the absinthe.

Orange Twist: This is the garnish. It adds a hint of citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Empress Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a light and airy cocktail that begins with aromas of absinthe citrus and features the botanical taste of the gin followed by sourness from the citrus and Lillet Blanc’s herbaceous flavor on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought this recipe was as easy on the palate as it is the eyes, and that’s saying something because Kendall doesn’t usually care for absinthe at all. Definitely give this one a try with the Empress 1908 Gin if you have some on the shelf, but be careful because, as Harry Craddock once said, “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Empress 1908 Gin
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ¾ oz Lillet Blanc
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 2 Sprays Absinthe
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Spray glass with absinthe.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ¾ oz Empress 1908 Gin
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ¾ oz Lillet Blanc
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 2 Sprays Absinthe
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Spray glass with absinthe.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Empress Corpse Reviver No. 2

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More Halloween Cocktails

If you like this Halloween-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Vampiro: A tequila cocktail made with tomato juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and a lime slice

 Butterbeer (Harry Potter): A stout beer and spiced rum cocktail made with evaporated milk, butter, margarine, vanilla extract, brown sugar, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, whipped cream, and nutmeg

 End of the Line (The Falcon & The Winter Soldier): A gin cocktail made with orange curaçao, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, rosemary, grapefruit, and peppercorn bitters, beer, and an orange wheel

 The Last Variant (Loki): An aquavit cocktail made with honey liqueur, Green Chartreuse, and lime juice

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