No citrus, no absinthe, just a brandy-based Mannhattan with a Calvados twist.

The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin for ‘rejoice’.  I’m choosing to rejoice in a Corpse Reviver #1.

So there’s no call for gin, and there’s no spritz of absinthe, so this leaves us with a seriously hard-hitting drink that’s going to punch the corpse back into life.

Believed to have been invented at The Ritz, Paris in the 1920s, Harry Craddock described this one as “to be taken before 11am, or whenever steam and energy are needed”, but, trust me, it is equally good later in the day:

  1. Add 30ml mince pie cognac, 30ml Calvados and 30ml sweet vermouth to a mixing glass with cubed ice.
  2. Stir for sixty seconds and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.