Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: Corpse Reviver #2

Pair this hangover cure with episode #92, “The Murders of Ed Gein.”

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Martinis & Murder Cocktails: Corpse Reviver, Episode #92

This week’s episode focuses on Ed Gein, also known at The Butcher of Plainfield, a murderer and body snatcher that inspired a series of books and movies in popular culture, including “Psycho,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Among his many crimes, Gein was known for exhuming corpses from graveyards and then making objects out of the bones and skin. So, my booze brain automatically thought of Corpse Revivers, a whole category of cocktails that are hair-of-the-dog hangover cures. (True unquestionable fact: drinking the next day does help with a hangover.)

There are several variations, but the most popular is the Corpse Reviver #2, popularized in the 1930s “Savoy Cocktail Book.” A few sips and your hungover body will feel alive again.

Here’s how to make it:


¾ ounce Cointreau
¾ ounce Botanist Gin
¾ ounce Lillet Blanc
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
1 dash Copper & Kings Absinthe (we used the barrel-aged variety)


Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Optional: Garnish with a brandied cherry. 

Sip while listening to John Thrasher and Daryn Carp discuss Gein’s case — and the horrors found inside his home:


[Video: Emily Spada]

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Hosts John Thrasher and Daryn Carp chat about creepy crimes and mysterious murders...while mixing up martinis! Each fun new episode of this true crime podcast will focus on a new crime, the crazy details and of course the theories about how it all went down. Be sure to subscribe to Martinis and Murder for new episodes every week!

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