MxMo XXIII, Corpse Reviver
Another Mixology Monday has come upon us, this them: Brandy, and this host: Marleigh at Sloshed!
Now, besides its use as a sub-ingredient, or a breakfast or holiday tradition, I have to admit my knowledge on Brandy goes about as far as, well, not nearly as far as the Dominik’s MxMo contribution. But I do like a snifter of the stuff every once in a while, and with Clear Creek Distillery being local, my eyes are opening to the joy that is eau-de-vie.
I went searching for a recipe to highlight for this MxMo, but sadly all my Tiki books were, well, pretty dry. Other than matching it evenly with rum, or being one ounce in a 7 ounce drink, there’s not a whole heck of a lot of the stuff in the tropical cocktails world. So, I checked the Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic, in the Brandy Cocktails section. There are plenty of interesting drinks here (this post was almost about the Bosom Caresser), but nothing that hasn’t been covered elsewhere, so, I looked to the The Savoy Cocktail Book for the final verdict, and wound up chosing that lesser of the two siblings, the Corpse Reviver #1.
Corpse Reviver #1 (“To be taken before 11am, or whenever steam and energy are needed”)
- 1/2 Brandy
- 1/4 Calvados
- 1/4 Italian Vermouth
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
The Trader Vic’s version suggest Cognac, but Cognac stock here has been getting low, so I went with my typical (and well stocked) Christian Brothers VS. The Calvados was Boulard Pays d™Auge, and the Italian Vermouth, Punt-E-Mes, because it just seems that nothing can go wrong with a bit of Punt-E-Mes.
It’s a lovely little cocktail, and I must say, its use as an invigorator is not without merit. I must say the looming workday is becoming much less so with every sip. There’s almost no harshness in it, despite its alcohol content, with the Calvados adding a bit of juiciness to it (and your daily apple), and some spicy and deep rich notes off of the Punt-E-Mes. I also added a schvitz of Grapefruit oil to the top, as I am wont to do. It tends to brighten up the flavors, particularly in a juiceless cocktail.
I can see why it fell behind in the race with the Corpse Reviver #2, but it certainly holds its own as a damned decent drink.