Corpse Reviver #2
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Prohibition may have been a boon to big-city gangsters and Appalachian moonshine runners, but it led to an exodus of many of the country's best bartenders. One of those exiled mixers, Harry Craddock, ended up in London at the Savoy Hotel's cocktail bar, where he invented and popularized a number of now-classic drinks, among them the Corpse Reviver #2, a traditional pick-me-up intended to be imbibed cold and fast. The drink might seem unwieldy if you simply glance at its contents – equal parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice, with a dash of absinthe thrown in – but the flavors balance into a potent whole. And while it features some high-proof ingredients, Macy promises, "it's not going to get you really drunk." Instead the drink should be a jolt of energy that goes down easily. Shake it vigorously in ice and serve it at an appropriately glacial temperature, and you'll gulp it down in one sip.

• 3/4 oz gin
• 3/4 oz Cointreau
• 3/4 oz Lillet blanc
• 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
• A dash of absinthe

Shake vigorously and pour into a short glass. Garnish with an orange slice.