Mezcal Corpse Reviver

Mezcal Corpse Reviver

Charles Cerankosky, a Rochester bar owner, has fielded plenty of creative orders in his day. One of the most unusual requests was to use mezcal instead of gin in a Corpse Reviver, a sour that dates back a century. This twist is not a natural fit, so Mr. Cerankosky replaced the usual lemon juice with a mix of lime and grapefruit juice to better complement the mezcal. With all that’s going on in this drink, the mezcal almost gets lost, if that’s possible. Still, its smokiness lingers in the back, and the panoply of flavors is intriguing enough to lure you back for another sip.
  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, combine mezcal, Cocchi Americano, Curaçao and the 2 juices. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds. Coat the inside of a chilled coupe glass with the absinthe. Pour out any excess absinthe. Strain contents of the mixing glass into the coupe.