This breakfast cocktail was, as Harry Craddock wrote in The Savoy Cocktail Book, “to be taken before 11 am, or whenever steam and energy are needed.” But be ware, dear readers–“Four of these taken in swift succession will quickly unrevive the corpse again.”
Corpse Reviver No. 2
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lillet
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
dash of Absinthe
Drop a dash of Absinthe into a cocktail glass; swirl to coat the glass, and pour out excess. Combine gin, Cointeau, Lillet and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a citrus peel.
Notes: A love of "breakfast cocktails" might indicate that you're in the presence of a serious drunk, but I prefer to think of this gin drink as graduating to the next level of refined day drinking. A delicate spirit like St. George's Botanivore or Plymouth gin will perform best in this cocktail, but there's no need to buy an expensive bottle of Cointreau if you have another orange liqueur on hand. If you don't have Lillet though, run out and get yourself some–a glass with a few frozen peach slices is one of my favorite summer cocktails, and it's absolutely essential for this libation. Cheers!