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Tequila Corpse Reviver

orange-colored Tequila Corpse Reviver in a coupe glass, garnished with an orange peel and served on a round tray
Image: / Tim Nusog

Corpse Revivers belong to a family of pre-Prohibition cocktails that were meant to wake someone from the dead. In other words, they were concocted to cure hangovers and improve one’s morning. The Corpse Reviver No. 2, with gin, Lillet blanc, orange liqueur, lemon juice and absinthe, is the most popular of the bunch; it occupies a place on bar menus around the world, from classic cocktail joints to brunch spots. It’s joined by other examples of the drink, like the Corpse Reviver No. 1 (cognac, Calvados, sweet vermouth), and the category has also spawned numerous modern-day variations.

The Tequila Corpse Reviver is one of those variations. This aptly-named cocktail features blanco tequila, blanc vermouth, triple sec, absinthe, lime juice and orange juice, pulling from its popular predecessors while including a couple unique twists of its own. Created by blogger and recipe developer Matt Armato, the drink is complex and citrusy. The tequila applies a base layer of earth, spice and vegetal notes, while the blanc vermouth brings floral elements, and the absinthe provides hints of bitter herbs and anise.

Make the Tequila Corpse Reviver the next time a late night turns into an early morning, or whenever you want a tasty pick-me-up.


  • 3/4 ounce blanco tequila

  • 3/4 ounce blanc vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec

  • 1 teaspoon absinthe

  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/4 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • Garnish: orange twist


  1. Add the tequila, vermouth, triple sec, absinthe, lime juice and orange juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Double-strain into a coupe glass.

  3. Garnish with an orange twist.

Recipe Variations

Corpse Reviver No. 1: This brandy-forward drink was first recorded in “The Savoy Cocktail Book” in 1930.

Corpse Reviver No. 2: This equal-parts classic is tart and refreshing, perfect for waking up the senses.

Corpse Reviver No. Blue: This bright-blue cocktail features blue curaçao in place of No. 2’s colorless orange liqueur.