Corpse Reviver No.1 (Gilberg's recipe)

Difford's Guide



Martini glass
Measuring jigger
Mixing glass
Bar spoon

Flavour Profile



There are approximately 300 calories in one serving of Corpse Reviver No.1 (Gilberg's recipe).

Styles & Flavours


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Serve in a

Martini glass


Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

1 fl oz Calvados brandy
1 fl oz Cognac VSOP
1 fl oz Martini Rosso sweet vermouth
1 dash La Fee Parisienne absinthe

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Our comment:

Boozy, complex and delicious with attractive apple notes and faint anise absinthe influences.


In his book 'The Joy of Mixology', Gary Regan recommends a version of the Corpse Reviver with 2 oz applejack, ¾ oz cognac and ¾ oz sweet vermouth, which he writes was originally created in 2001 by Steve Gilberg, publisher of This does indeed make a drink strong enough to awaken the dead but those wishing to remain compos mentis may prefer this version which Simon Difford created after being inspired by Steve Gilberg's Corpse Reviver.

See our Corpse Reviver page for the full story behind the origins of the Corpse Reviver, its history and variations on this recipe.

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