Corpse Reviver 2 Cocktail Recipe

This is your new favorite summer cocktail recipe. The Corpse Reviver 2. This is sure to be your new favorite summer cocktail. Don’t be afraid of the name, Corpse Reviver 2. It’s a ladylike drink, it’s super refreshing and it’s crazy easy to make!Corpse Reviver 2 Recipe. This is a super easy summer cocktail. Don't be afraid of the name! I first had a Corpse Reviver 2 a few months ago at the Tillamook brunch event. It was amazing. And I had to know how to make it. Traditionally these “reviver” cocktails were made as cocktails to make you feel better the day after a night of imbibing. A sort of ‘hair of the dog’ idea. But I plan on drinking these all summer long, morning or night. (In a totally responsible sort of way, of course).Don't be afraid of the name, Corpse Reviver. This is a super delicious, easy cocktail that is perfect for summer and brunches. Since my first Corpse Reviver 2 experience involved a skilled mixologist, I got to see a new technique for adding the Absinthe. Yes, this has a touch of Absinthe in it. Since the recipe just needs a few drops, the bartender at The Eveleigh used a small stainless steel atomizer to add it right on top of the drink, to finish it. Genius! With this application you mostly get the smell, a very subtle bit of the taste and it looked really cool when he sprayed the drink. Seriously, have you ever seen someone spray a drink before? It’s intriguing! By the way, a Corpse Reviver 1 is Cognac, Brandy and Sweet Vermouth which doesn’t sound good to me at all. Corpse Reviver 2 Cocktail Recipe with gin and Lillet.A Corpse Reviver 2 is equal parts  Prairie Organic Gin, Lillet Blanc (or Cocchi Americano), Cointreau, fresh lemon juice and a dash (or spray) of Absinthe. SO GOOD! I think the Absinthe makes this drink extra special. Do not skip it. Which I never thought I would say since I don’t love licorice flavorings, but it really does something amazing to this cocktail. Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail recipe with Lillet and Gin.If you are a friend, and I invite you over in the next few months, just know that I am probably going to force one of these on you. They may even be my new fave brunch cocktail. Buh-Bye Felicia and mimosas.

I followed the recipe found on Saveur. I didn’t finish the cocktail with orange peel like they suggested. Well, I intended to but then I forgot that I had hidden it under that white napkin for the first few photos and then forgot about it entirely. I’m sure it’s lovely…

*Gin for this recipe was provided by Prairie Organic Spirits. And it’s tasty. 

Corpse Reviver 2 Cocktail Recipe
This cocktail is perfect for warm summer weather and brunch parties.
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 1 oz. Prairie Organic Gin
  • 1 oz. Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • A few drops of Absinthe (or you can spray it like I noted in the post above. This is NOT optional, it adds so much to this drink!)
  1. Add all ingredients, except Absinthe in a cocktail shaker.
  2. If not spraying Absinthe, add to the cocktail shaker with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add ice and shake well, until frosty,
  4. Strain in to a low ball glass.
  5. Spritz the top of the cocktail with Absinthe (unless you have added it to the shaker already).
  6. Enjoy!

Looking for more gin cocktails? Try this Blood Orange Sorbet Gin Float (one of my most pinned recipes!)  and send these cute gin cocktail kits as a gift!

Gift idea for the Cocktail and Candy Lover

Great gift idea for your cocktail and candy loving friends! How great is that?! It is a decanter full of my favorite candy! As you know, my birthday was this month. I got some ridiculsouly amazing gifts this year including a plane ticket to see my favorite band play in Reno, NV., a book on how the President’s partied throughout history (like who was in to the ale and who practically invented cocaine) and my husband hired a manicurist to come to my house and do pedicures for me and my friends. But this gift was the most thoughtful ever and I had to share it with you. I LOVE Nerds in a borderline, not-okay way. So when Lauren showed up with a decanter full of them, consider my mind blown. Of course I love that it is my fave candy but also that I can reuse the decanter for my favorite liquor. But I think I need to just keep it filled with Nerds. Before I used to eat WAY too many from the king size boxes. But this way I can pour some in to a bowl (it’s far too heavy to pour straight in to your mouth. Not that I tried that…) and keep an eye on your serving size.

Great gift idea for your cocktail and candy loving friends! She brought it all cute with some other amazing gifts in a wooden tray. But you could easily bring just the decanter filled with your friend’s favorite candy and be a gift giving super hero. Thank you again, Lauren! You sure knew how to sweeten my day. Get it…Groan.

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Chelada Recipe

Chelada Recipe for Cinco de MayoI’ve always seen Micheladas and been so jealous. I love Corona and think it would be a fantastic ingredient to use in other drink recipes. But I don’t love a Bloody Mary which a Michelada resembles. So when I saw the Chelada recipe in Rachael Ray, I got so excited! It called for just two ingredients and sounded super easy to make. And with Cinco de Mayo coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to try one out.

Easy Cinco de Mayo cocktail idea. A Chelada. I made a batch of limeade from a frozen concentrate (you could also buy ready-made). And then sliced a lime for garnish.

Corona cocktail with limeade for Cinco de Mayo. It is basically 1 part limeade to 2 parts Corona. It was good. But it needed something.

Lime essential oil for a delicious cocktail.So I grabbed my lime essential oil and added a few drops! It was perfect! If you don’t have the oil handy, you can also add a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Chelada recipe. Corona and limeade. Boom. Easy.The Chelada is super refreshing and a great idea for warm weather entertaining. And a great alternative to a margarita on Cinco de Mayo.

Chelada Recipe
This beer based drink is a perfect option for Cinco de Mayo and other warm weather entertaining.
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 6 oz. Corona or other light Mexican beer
  • 3 oz. Limeade
  • 1-2 drops lime essential oil (optional, can substitute a squeeze of fresh lime juice)
  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add beer.
  3. Top with Limeade.
  4. Add lime essential oil or fresh lime juice to taste.
  5. Give a gentle stir.
  6. Consider rimming the glass with salt if you like that sort of thing.

Need other Cinco de Mayo ideas?

These papel picado inspired drink flags are super easy to make a great way to garnish a drink.

My favorite cucumber margarita recipe. Best ever.

The world’s best frozen margarita recipe. At least in my world it is…

You should totally make this Mexican beer, chocolate and chile ice cream.

This spiced Clementine margarita.

Need a snack? This avocado hummus with jalapeno and cilantro is perfect.

You’ll probably want to make this super simple tortilla soup for dinner.

This Mexican caprese tostada will totally hit the spot.

DIY Leather Stir Stick

Leather and wire drink stirrers.I’m on the fence about a cute drink stirrer. In some cases they are totally useless. Does your drink really need a quick stir? Not usually. But they do look cute. And this DIY leather stir stick was super simple. So today, I’m in to them.  All images by Tammy Mendoza.

Easy leather and wire drink stirrers. Things you need: Wooden Skewers, super strong scissors, leather scraps, wire and a glue gun (not pictured because why would you take a glue gun to the desert?)

Things you don’t need: Herpes, Ugg boots in California (yes I have them but I feel just terrible about it), Tory Burch flip-flops (let’s be honest. they are super overpriced. you know those shoes are really the same as Havianas that they’ve slapped that big gold medallion on.)

DIY leather drink stirrers.Cut your leather pieces. I made mine sort of geometric and non-matching. Oh hey, witchy old lady hands. Look at the size of those knuckles! Ok, I’m done now.

DIY leather drink stirrers.I gave each piece of leather a dab of hot glue to adhere it to the skewer. And then simply wrapped wire around it in a haphazard way.

Champagne Punch and DIY leather drink stirrers.Boom. Now your drink stirrers are too cool for school. And if you left this champagne punch sitting, it would actually separate which would mean that you could use your stir stick for its intended use. But what are you doing leaving this delicious punch sitting around undrunk? I think I need to see other people.

All images shot for Cupcakes and Cutlery by Tammy Mendoza.


Easy Lemon Pellegrino Vodka Cocktail

Easy pellegrino vodka cocktail for end of summerI can’t take credit for this cocktail recipe.  A friend made it for me as we lounged in her pool one hot, hot, summer day.  But it is ridiculously delicious, super refreshing and painfully easy so I knew I had to share.

easy lemon cocktailAll you need is some vodka and some Pellegrino Limonata (not found at every grocery store, so keep your eyes out so you know where to find them when you need them).  A cute glass doesn’t hurt either (these are from IKEA).

plastic mermaid drink accessoryIt may seem like you would want to pick out your drink accessory after your drink is made, but think about it.  You don’t want to spill your beverage as you fight your guests over who gets to be the mermaid.

pellegrino cocktail step 1Simply pour 3 parts Pellegrino Limonata in to your glass.

easy low cal vodka cocktailAdd one part vodka (I might suggest an organic vodka as I have heard positive things about lack of hangover, or less severe symptoms when drinking an organic version).

pellegrino limonata vodka cocktailAdd ice and a cute little cocktail stir stick and you are ready to try out your new favorite cocktail.

easiest cocktails for end of summerI love this recipe because it is easy to make just one or a bunch of them.  One can served about 3 of these lowball glasses so you can either have a lovely evening with a few gal pals or a rip roaring night by yourself.  I’m not here to judge.  Do what you need to do (but see above about organic vodka…)  These can also be made with another flavor of Pellegrino but I really prefer the Limonata.  It is the most refreshing of the options so it is perfect to get you through these last HOT days of summer.  Moving in to fall, the blood orange option might be nice.  And if you want to get all gourmet on this beeyotch think about muddling some fresh herbs.

Huge thanks to my pal Carole for opening my eyes to this easy drink and to Lauren for helping me shoot and test these.  You are a good friend to be willing to day drink for the sake of my blog and readers.  :)