savoy corpse reviver: yet another corpse reviver recipe

There are several different Corpse Reviver recipes out there, and the Savoy Corpse Reviver is just one of the many. As the name suggests, it is a loosely connected family of cocktail drinks that are intended to be hangover cures. The Corpse Reviver #2 drink is probably the most popular of them all.

The Savoy Corpse Reviver is variation invented by Joe Gilmore, who was the head barman at the Savoy Hotel’s American Bar in 1954. The base spirit in this recipe is Brandy unlike the Gin in the Corpse Reviver #2 and Cognac in Corpse Reviver #1.

There are several different recipes for the corpse reviver family of drinks. It is not uncommon to find completely different recipes sharing the same name. It is not common for people to mixup the numbers as well :-).


  • 1 shot of Brandy
  • 1 shot of Fernet Branca
  • 1 shot of White Creme de Menthe


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add a shot of Brandy into the shaker
  3. Add a shot of Fernet Branca into the shaker
  4. Add a shot of Creme de Menthe
  5. Shake the ingredients well
  6. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass.

savoy corpse reviver martini cocktail

Variations and Similar Drinks

Most of the Corpse Reviver drinks are not the variations in the normal sense. They happen to just share the name because of the intended functionality of the drink.

Corpse Reviver #2: A Gin based corpse reviver that also uses Lillet Blanc and Lemon juice.
Corpse Reviver #1: A Cognac based drink that contains Calvados (or Apple Brandy) and Sweet Vermouth.
Kentucky Corpse Reviver: A variation of the Corpse Reviver #2 where the Gin is replaced with Bourbon Whiskey.

Notes and Tips

  • This is an acquired taste, but then so is most hangover cures. Some might find this close to undrinkable
  • Try adding a little more sweetness with a little bit of simple syrup.