.75oz Apple Brandy/Calvados
.75oz Sweet Vermouth
Add all ingredients to a chilled mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Often overshadowed by the more popular Corpse Reviver, no. 2, this combination of two types of brandy and sweet vermouth yields a heavier drink that tastes significantly different than its more famous relative. The vermouth is somewhat overshadowed by the much larger ratio of brandy, but adds a little complexity to the Corpse Reviver, no. 1. This is a smooth brandy forward cocktail that is easy to drink, although may not make your top ten list.
The corpse reviver cocktails were initially “hair of the dog” drinks created to help stave off the effects of a hangover. The earliest published version of the Corpse Revivers seems to be Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book (1933), but some suggest these were in existence before the publication of the Savoy.
The Savoy Cocktail Book is filled with great anecdotes and one liners and this cocktail is no different. Following the description of how to make the Corpse Reviver, no. 1:
“To be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam or energy are needed.”
Not sure this is the greatest advice, especially given the heavy sweet flavor of this one, but who am I to argue with Harry Craddock. Give the Corpse Reviver, no. 1 a shot if you are a fan of brandy, or simply to say you’ve tried one.