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The Corpse Reviver No. 2

Corpse Reviver No. 2

The debate continues as to whether The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is the ultimate hair of the dog concoction, but there is little disagreement on the fact that the cocktail is sensational. First served at the Ritz in Paris back in the 1920s, this cocktail will awake your senses. I have always enjoyed Aviation American Gin with Lillet Blanc, but with some Cointreau, lemon, and absinthe in the mix, the combination is elevated to a whole new level.

Corpse Reviver No. 2

Harry Craddock’s book, The Savoy Cocktail Book, was published in 1930 and included a recipe for The Corpse Reviver No. 2. About the cocktail, he wrote, “To be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.” We recommend one for any occasion; although what better day to imbibe a drink strong enough to wake the dead than Easter Sunday?

-Christina Shapalis, Aviation Team Member
Photography by Danguole Lekaviciute

What Would Lydia Deetz Drink?


My Spirit Animal, Lydia Deetz

It’s the second Friday the 13th of 2015 tomorrow. Otherwise known as “Black Friday”, the superstition surrounding the date and day is largely rooted in a series of weak, disconnected bits of fact. In the Western World the superstition is common, especially in North America. After the move from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 periodic 13ths would fall on a Friday. For two to fall in a year is unusual, and unusual occurrences are my favorite reason to make cocktails and celebrate.

So, I got to thinking about all the dark and spooky things I like. My mind was rife with visions of my life-long love for the old Addams Family television program, the films of Tim Burton, my pursuit of information about American superstitions, my love of the American Spiritualist Movement of the early Nineteenth Century, and all things witchy. I ruminated on what I could do on this 13th Friday of March 2015 to bring all that together, have a well-themed evening, and just enjoy some spooky fun. So, I returned to the oracle of classy, goofy, darkness Beetlejuice, and I realized once and for all that Lydia Deetz is my spirit animal.

What would Lydia do on Friday the 13th? I think it would go a little something like this:

1) Garb herself in comfortable black digs;
2) Queue up some kitschy Calypso music (obviously Harry Belafonte is suggested);
3) Summon her ghostly pals, or her living pals that love the spooky;
4) Do a big tarot card reading (The Wild Unknown deck is my favorite);
5) And, create her favorite cocktail to enjoy.


And, what would Lydia Deetz drink?

The Dorflinger Cocktail is the obvious choice.

The Dorflinger Cocktail is named for the early 20th Century glass maker out of White Mills, Pennsylvania. This incredible glass maker operated and manufactured during the “brilliant period” from 1850 through the early 1900s, and created a large array of what we know as pre-Prohibition cocktail vessels. I’m certain that Lydia Deetz, if she were a real life lady in her early 30s, would have a collection of this glass in which to drink her Dorflingers.

The Dorflinger




  1. Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice
  2. Stir well
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Add an extra dash of orange bitters if desired

This delightful, brilliant green cocktail will certainly lift your spirits and spookify your Friday the 13th. Just be careful not to bump your head on the ceiling while you float around jiving to Calypso.

-Rena Hartman, Aviation Team Member

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