Originally published Oct 15, 2014
Fox News published an article yesterday: 5 of the world's most dangerous cocktails. On that list is my favorite cocktail the Corpse Reviver #2.
At SouthWark, a bar in downtown Philadelphia, the Corpse Reviver #2 is by far one of the deadliest cocktails on the menu. Made with gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon and absinthe, this cocktail is dangerous because of absinthe qualities that sometime provoke violence in drinkers or makes them black out.
The unnamed author proclaims that absinthe is the culprit for violent behavior. A myth that is still common folklore despite numerous scientific studies that debunk that 1909 thinking. Let's rattle through the proper way to construct this cocktail.
- .75 ounce of Gin (typically 90 proof)
- .75 ounce of Lillet Blanc (French aperitif wine at 34 proof)
- .75 ounce of Cointreau (orange flavored liquor at 40 proof)
- .75 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- A dash of absinthe (typically around 120 proof)
Shake the above ingredients, strain into a martini glass and serve with a Maraschino cherry. Do not use the atomic red cherry that Fox News shows in their picture. Find these cherries in your store:
A dash of absinthe equates to 1/16 of a teaspoon which of that dosage will certainly not cause delusions, violent behavior or overall aggressive behavior. In regards to the myth of absinthe that originated in the early 1900s, the following links debunk this:
- Why Was Absinthe Banned For 100 Years? A Mystery As Murky As the Liquor Itself
- Does absinthe really cause hallucinations?
- Everything you know about absinthe is wrong
To wrap up the article from Fox:
- No details of the cocktail
- Posted the wrong picture of the cocktail (it is not clear like vodka)
- Promotes a myth that has been debunked numerous times.
If it actually was 1900, perhaps Carrie Nation would love Fox News. This was the same lady that would rile up mobs and run into bars smashing bottles with her hatchet which then lead to the failed experiment known as Prohibition. Carrie would also tell the Fox that they missed out on a chance to include a bible passage to complete their fear mongering message.
To my friends in the South, you have every right to your opinion but can we stop with the fear tactics that promote abstinence and uneducated agendas? Put the hatchet down, and meet me out for a cocktail. I will be more than happy to teach you a strange yet wonderful concept called: moderation.
Don't forget to drink like a responsible adult