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Aug 17, 2012 07:47 PM

Gins well-suited to Corpse Reviver #2

So, I finally bought a bottle of Cocchi Americano and made myself a Corpse Reviver #2 using it instead of Lillet (or instead of, I'm almost afraid to admit it, the french vermouth I sometimes use in a pinch) . WOW! Simply amazing. Just perfect. I used Plymouth gin, which is what I always use when I'm trying a new cocktail or unsure which gin would work best.

Now I'm wondering. Are there gins that work better, or at least just as well but differently in a CR2? I've got to think some of you Chowhounds have tried other gins. Which ones would you recommend? I currently have the following gins in my cabinet (although I'm willing to buy another bottle if you say it's going to be a revelation):

Old Raj
The Botanist
New Amsterdam (don't ask)
Ivanabitch (again, don't ask)
Seagram's ED (ran out of DR recently, which I'm guessing would work quite well)
Bombay Saphire

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  1. Death's Door out of Wisconsin! Both because of its quality and If you going to have a CR#2, death must have Preceded it. :). It is about $32 per 750 ml.

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    1. Thought I'd circle back and report that after trying several gins, Beefeater was my favorite, and Tanqueray was the crowd favorite gin for use in a Corpse Reviver #2. Plymouth came in third.

      Also, I might note that Beefeater can be especially helpful if you are stuck using Lillet instead of Cocchi Americano. Somehow its flavor partlally fills in for some of what's lacking in a Lillet CR2.

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      1. re: curseofleisure

        I was about to say that I had an excellent Corpse Reviver #2 at The Gin Palace in NYC made with Tanquery, and it was mighty fine!

      2. I don't like Bombay Sapphire for mixing other than gin & tonics (and the like). The Bombay Dry Gin (white label) works in cocktails well.

        New Amsterdam is Orange Pez and juniper-flavored vodka. I can't speak of Ivanabitch or Botanist (with the latter probably being good).

        Citadelle and Tanq are good if you dig their flavor profile (they are assertive, but in a 1-part-in-4 recipe, that might be a good thing).

        Seagram's aged/yellow gin is surprisingly okay. As for the others, Plymouth, Brokers, Old Raj, and Beefeater are all great in Corpse Reviver #2s.

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        1. re: yarm

          I wholeheartedly agree with everything you say. I hate New Amsterdam with a passion. I bought it because a friend told me how good it was. Ivanabitch was a joke purchase and a waste of time. Botanist is a wonderful gin but not the best suited to this drink. Seagram's DR is actually a very good product, and is my favorite gin for a Monkey Gland.