The Corpse Reviver family was first codified in the 1930s and was originally intended as a "hair of the dog" hangover cure as the name implies. Woo counts it as a mellow dining partner, like the Pretty Mess. "This is one of our most popular cocktails right now, with the huge popularity of Cocchi Americano and absinthe over the last couple of years." The classic Corpse Reviver #2 used Kina Lillet, a French aperitif wine with quinine. But because the modern Lillet formulation has changed, many purists are turning to Cocchi Americano as the nearest approximation to what Kina Lillet tasted like back in the day. (You'll also find the ingredient in Bond's Vesper martini.)
Natural Selection's Corpse Reviver
• 1 oz Bombay dry gin
• 1 oz Cocchi Americano
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 3 drops absinthe
Stir with ice until well chilled. Serve in a chilled martini glass, with a cherry of your choice and/or lemon peel.