This recipe was first published in our feature on Blue Drinks.

By Jacob Briars, 2007

Originally a sarcastic response to our modern obsession with classic cocktail recipes, the Corpse Reviver Number #Blue has since spread around the bartending community and become a modern classic in its own right. Briars puts its success down to the simplicity of the drink (just switching one ingredient from the classic – “you can’t mess it up”), and the combination of serious ingredients with a light-hearted appearance.

25ml Bombay Sapphire gin
25ml Lillet Blanc
25ml Blue curacao
25ml Lemon juice
1ds Absinthe

Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon zest.