Celebrate National Absinthe Day with This Classic Cocktail Recipe

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Oscar Wilde famously declared, “A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?” In that spirit, why not celebrate National Absinthe Day today with a classic cocktail incorporating the spirit nicknamed “the green fairy”?

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 dates back to pre-Prohibition times. Invented by Harry Craddock, who ran the bar at the luxurious Savoy Hotel in London in the ‘20s and ‘30s, the Corpse Reviver No. 2 incorporates an absinthe rinse, along with gin, Lillet blanc, an orange liqueur, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

CJ Catalano, Beverage Manager at the Fairmont Century Plaza here in Los Angeles, has kindly shared his bar’s recipe for the potent tipple. See below for CJ’s breakdown. Cheers!

Corpse Reviver No. 2


  • Absinthe, to rinse
  • 3/4 ounce London dry gin
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet blanc
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed


  • Rinse the inside of a chilled coupe or cocktail glass with absinthe, discard the excess and set the glass aside.
  • Add the gin, Lillet blanc, orange liqueur and lemon juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  • Strain into the prepared glass.
Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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