Think Pumpkin Spice is Lame? Make This Ghoulish Classic Cocktail Instead!

Think Pumpkin Spice is Lame? Make This Ghoulish Classic Cocktail Instead!

Pix and Story :: Anastacia Uriegas

Some people are REALLY into Fall (and the cliches that come with it). You probably know them: adult humans who get irrationally excited over pumpkin spice lattes, groups of childless adults posing in pumpkin patches, and the cross-section of those who commit these crimes in addition to decorative gourd-ing. Fortunately for those of us with darker tendencies, there are a handful of great, classic cocktails with names that evoke images of zombies, cobwebs, and blood-sucking demon vampires, you know… the good stuff.

One of the most famous in the ghoulishly-named cocktail category is the Corpse Reviver No. 2, created by legendary barman Harry Craddock in 1930 and comes with a note by Craddock: “To be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed,” which is why it’s often found on brunch menus. Beware however, the Corpse Reviver No. 2 is dangerously delicious -- bright, citrus-forward with an aromatic veil of absinthe, the notoriously-mystical spirit.



1 Ounce of Gin

1 Ounce of Cointreau (or any orange liqueur)

1 Ounce of Lillet, or Cocchi Americano

1 Ounce of Lemon Juice

1 Dash Absinthe



Orange or Lemon Peel for Garnish

Coupe or Nick & Nora Glass



1. In a chilled coupe or cocktail glass, add a dash of absinthe. Roll around to coat and discard excess.
2. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
3. Add ice and shake until chilled.
4. Strain into prepared coupe or cocktail glass.
5. Garnish with an orange or lemon peel.