Everyone has their favorite hangover cure. For some people, it’s a big, greasy cheeseburger. Others simply need some Gatorade and Tylenol to get rid of their pesky headache and rehydrate the body. For some, the only way to get rid of those post-drinking pains is to go back to the one thing that caused it in the first place.
In 1930, Harry Craddock was credited with creating the Corpse Reviver No. 2 while working at the Savoy Hotel in London, intended specifically for curing the dreaded hangover in his famous Savoy Cocktail Book. He wrote, “to be taken before 11 am, or whenever steam and energy are needed.” The No. 2 was, and still is a very popular recipe that comes from the Corpse Reviver family of cocktails designed to bring back the “dead” after a long night of drinking. While the origin of the family is unknown, the Savoy Cocktail Book was the first widespread publication of the Corpse Reviver No. 2, which is undoubtedly the most popular version. Only the first few Corpse Reviver recipes are still around, and the rest of the family has been lost with time.
The cocktail itself is refreshingly citrus-y and light in both spirits and flavor, and perhaps that’s why it’s the perfect pick me up when you wake up and feel like you’ve been hit by a bus.
The Corpse Reviver No. 2
The No. 2 has been a staple in many cocktail bars and famous cocktail books and has stuck around for almost a century with good reason. If you’re looking for something easy to drink that packs a nice punch, this should be a go-to cocktail. Or maybe you just need to cure that awful hangover, but remember this, in the words of Craddock, “Four of these taken in swift succession will quickly unrevive the corpse again.”