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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


Juniper Berries

When gin is discussed, you can’t get too far into it without mentioning Juniper. But this tree comes in many varieties given it’s ancient origins and quite a few are poisonous. Consequently the species Juniperus communis is what we use in Aviation American Gin, and is the generally accepted juniper for all gin. It is THE defining characteristic of the spirit itself.

For centuries juniper has been used in medicine and many alchemical processes employed alcohol as solvent. So one can only assume that eventually juniper soaked in alcohol evolved into something beyond a medical necessity and other desirable ingredients were also added. Given that so many essential oils are contained in the cone (not an actual berry) that list of ingredients must have come readily.

Primarily containing sugars, but also pinene, that unmistakable pine taste, limonene for herbal citrus qualities, and myrcene which is found in hops and cannabis amongst others. Just those flavors alone suggest a huge range of plants that could accompany in this delicious tincture known as ‘Dutch courage’. And given it’s range of potential, it’s no wonder pre-prohibition America was demanding it in most cocktails.

Our method for creating Aviation American Gin takes care to assure all these flavors and aromas are translated to the final product. By steeping our botanicals in spirit prior to a second distillation the oils are extracted to a higher degree and strict cuts during the second run assure they’re used to their full potential. This, to me, is why Aviation is the premier gin for cocktails.

Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail

And the list of classic gin cocktails is almost universally adored among the cocktail dedicated: Negroni, Martinez, Gimlet, Aviation, or the Corpse Reviver #2. Another staple is for sure the most controversial – The Singapore Sling. All drink makers seem to have their own version of this beverage and over time it was bastardized into obscurity excepting it’s strange cousin seen at lounge bars and Chinese restaurants.

To fully understand the magnitude of gin’s diversity I think there’s no better potpourri.

Singapore Sling

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  • 1½ ounces Aviation American Gin
  • 1½ ounces Pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce Cherry Heering
  • ½ ounce Lime juice
  • ¼ ounce Cointreau
  • ¼ ounce Bénédictine
  • ¼ ounce Grenadine
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Shake all liquid ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple leaf.

-Miles Munroe, Aviation Team Member



As we continue to run down the list of botanical dynamics of Aviation American Gin, today’s posting brings you the seed of cilantro. Better known as Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) and especially prized by us distillers, this large, round seed finds its way into our fantastic Gin because of the unique notes contributed by a secondary oil found within.

When tasting dried coriander there isn’t the slightest hint at the tangy, savory-yet-bright (and to some palates soapy, or even worse, fetid!) flavor and aroma associated with cilantro. This is because once the coriander is dried the essential oil yielding those initial perceptions evaporates and leaves other oils to be easily extracted. This gives way to woodsy notes, floral hints, and even some vivid citrus qualities. And why? Because coriander shares compounds in this oil also found within geraniums.

When tasting Aviation American Gin you experience an earthiness balanced with citrus, spice, and light floral sweetness. This makes for an incredibly tasty exhibit of flavors largely appreciated in a freshly-shaken cocktail. One that I think accentuates these refreshing qualities is the Corpse Reviver No. 2.

Appearing in Harry Craddock’s 1930 classic, Savoy Cocktail Book, this outstanding concoction brings together the elements offered from coriander by highlighting and even matching some attributes of the Gin. And our counterpart Coriander is also preferred by most producers of pastis and herbal liqueurs so the absinthe spritz ties in all components. Aviation American Gin brightens up this classic drink that never fails to cure what ails you. You’ve been revived.

-Miles Munroe, Distiller

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