Bill Hornets writes… When I was young, a blade about town, waking up with a hangover and regretting how much money I’d spent the night before, my first stop was always the Cumberland Hotel. Downstairs was a barber, a traditional barber in a beautiful, marble lined barber shop. A close shave was the order of the day, with a proper cut-throat razor.
Luckily, it was only my hands that were doing the shaking!
There’s nothing in the world like a close shave. And then the towels… hot, steaming towels. After that, one would immediately feel better. Not quite 100% better, but getting there.
Stage two was a taxi from The Cumberland to The Savoy. Straight into the bar. Behind the bar stood Joe.
“Good morning sir.”
“Good morning Joe.”
No other words were required as Joe got to work on one of his famous Corpse Revivers.
What was in it? God knows. But it worked. Like magic. Like medicine. It probably just made you pissed again!
The Barfly chimes in: The Savoy Hotel is the home of The Corpse Reviver and was first printed as a recipe in Harry Craddock’s legendary Savoy Cocktail Book (first published 1930).
Here’s a variation on the famous Hair Of The Dog tipple, named the Corpse Reviver No.2 and taken from my beloved 1965 edition of Harry’s book:
Corpse Reviver (No. 2)
1 shot gin
1 shot Cointreau
1 shot Lillet Blanc
1 shot fresh lemon juice
Dash of absinthe
Shake well with ice and strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Bill again: Stage three of the reviving process involved “solids” – lunch and “afternoon tea” – I’ll tell you all about them next time…