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They all look the same, hotel bars, even when they don’t. The oak and the
glass, the palms and the bottles, the lighting that casts that singular glow,
wrapping you in its warmth and pin-spotting your loneliness. Hotel bars
smell like class privilege, desperation, and hope.
I sat at the hotel bar, drinking a Corpse Reviver #2. Corpse Revivers, as
connoisseurs of cocktail culture know, were created as hangover cures, those
hairs of the dog encouraged by Aristophanes, who, so long ago in ancient
Greece, looked to quell the storms that come from swilling an excess of wine.
Like many of the best things, the origin of the Corpse Reviver family of
cocktails is shrouded in mystery. The obscure siblings of the Corpse Reviver
first appeared in the 1871 publication of The Gentleman’s Table Guide:
Being practical recipes for wine cups, American drinks, punches, cordials,
summer & winter beverages; Recherché bills of fare with service of wines &
c., & c. It is a heady title, and a heavy book, one that runs as dizzy a gamut as
its title suggests. Every proper young man should peruse a copy; every
improper one should own it.
Most contemporary cocktails date from Prohibition, a profoundly stupid
time in American history, and while already soundly middle-aged in 1920,
the Corpse Reviver found its stride during these years of dumb deprivation.
Harry Craddock, the legendary American bartender at London’s legendary
Savoy Hotel, ushered the Corpse Reviver into the modern age in the Roaring
Twenties, cementing the drink’s status in 1930 with the publishing of his The
Savoy Cocktail Book. Craddock’s own prim, starched lines are not to my
taste. I enjoy a man who’s kissed with a yeasty beastliness. Craddock’s staid
and studied ersatz Englishness aside, I detect a rumpled rebel’s raging heart
beating in his white-coated breast, if only when I drink his creations.
Craddock’s Corpse Reviver #2 is an exquisite drink that sits on the lintel of
anarchy: what makes it also breaks it. The splash of absinthe propels the
Corpse Reviver #2 into the territory of the faintly hallucinogenic—the
absinthe also dates and places the drink. Absinthe was, of course, unfairly
banned in these puritanical United States for about a century, returning in
2007. Those were happy days when absinthe returned to North American
shores, even with its severely decreased wormwood percentage.
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