Tonight's Cocktail - Zombie

Larry Trask / Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 @ 1:13 p.m. / Cocktail


SoCal legend Donn Beach invented -- or claimed to have invented -- many cocktails, most involving large portions of rum. Among his most cocktail creations is the venerable Zombie, We tried to find the original recipe from the 1930s, but there were so many websites claiming to have THE recipe, we gave up. Here's a guess:


    In a blender jar, add crushed ice, the lime juice, grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup, falernum, Puerto Rican rum, Jamaican rum, Demerara, grenadine, bitters and Pernod. Blend until slushy, about 2 to 3 seconds. Pour the contents into a zombie glass or pint glass and add more crushed ice to fill. Finish with the mint sprig.

    Now, one quick glance at that recipe and you know instantly that this is too complicated and involved. I mean, who keeps Herbsaint in their liquor cabinet?  No one.  Here's an easier recipe:


    1 oz light rum
    1/2 oz creme de almond
    1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
    1/2 oz triple sec
    1 1/2 oz orange juice
    1/2 oz 151 proof rum

    Shake all ingredients (except 151 proof rum) with ice and strain into a collins glass over ice cubes. Float the 151 proof rum on top, add a cherry (if desired), and serve.