The right cocktail to serve on Halloween should have a name worthy of the holiday — which is why top-rated chef (and Thumbtack pro) Michelle Fitzgerald recommends this sweet, complex take on the Corpse Reviver. This recipe from the owner of Let’s Eat Sonoma in California relies on ingredients like gin, Grand Marnier, absinthe and cherries to reanimate any zombie or ghost you’re having over.
Recipe: Corpse Reviver (Cocktail)
Equal parts gin, lemon juice, curaçao (or Grand Marnier) with a dash of Absinthe. Garnish with cherries. Serves two in 6-ounce coupes.
- 1 cup raw cane sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 ounces gin
- 2 ounces Grand Marnier
- 2 ounces Sauvignon blanc
- Splash of absinthe
- 1 lemon
- 4 maraschino cherries
- Large cocktail shaker
- Citrus juicer
- Bamboo cocktail sticks
Prepare the simple syrup:
Combine 1 cup raw cane sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool before using.
Mix the cocktails:
Squeeze the lemon juice into a dish. Combine gin, Grand Marnier, Sauvignon blanc, absinthe, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large shaker. Add ice and shake for at least 30 seconds.
Pour the cocktail evenly into two 6-ounce coupe glasses. Skewer two maraschino cherries on two separate bamboo cocktail sticks, then garnish each cocktail with a skewer. If desired, rinse the cherries briefly under cold water before garnishing to remove excess syrup.
This post is part of our 2017 Halloween recipe series. For more food and drink recipes, see all the stories here.