- Zombie cocktail
name = Zombie
type = cocktail
rum = yes
brandy = yes
served = rocks
drinkware = zombie
ingredients = *1 part
*1 part golden rum
*1 part dark rum
*1 part apricot brandy
*1 part pineapple juice
*½ part 151-proof rum
grenadineor other syrup
prep = Mix ingredients other than the 151 in a shaker with ice. Pour into glass and top with the high-proof rum.
notes = Because of the rum, this cocktail could be lit if desired.
The Zombie is an exceptionally strong
cocktailmade of fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums, so named for its perceived effects upon the drinker. It first appeared in the late 1930s, invented by Donn Beach(formerly Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gannt) of Hollywood's " Don the Beachcomber" restaurant. It was popularized soon afterwards at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Beach concocted it one afternoon for a friend who had dropped by his restaurant before flying to San Francisco. The friend left after having consumed three of them. He returned several days later to complain that he had been turned into a
zombiefor his entire trip. Its smooth, fruity taste works to conceal its extremely high alcoholic content. For many years the "Don the Beachcomber" restaurants limited their customers to two Zombies apiece. According to the original recipe, there are the equivalent of 7.5 ounces (2.2 dl) of alcohol in a single Zombie; this is the same as drinking three and a half cocktails made with a fairly generous 2 ounces (0.6 dl) of alcohol per drink. The restaurant limit of two Zombies, therefore, would be the equivalent of 7 regular cocktails such as a Manhattan or Scotch on the rocks.
Donn Beach was very cautious with the recipes of his original cocktails. His instructions for his bartenders contained coded references to ingredients such as "Donn's Mix", the contents of which were only known to him. As a result of Beach's secrecy and the enormous popularity of these drinks during the Tiki craze, countless variations on the Zombie emerged. Other bars, chain restaurants and individuals created their own version of it to satisfy demand, usually with poor results.
Beach's original recipes for the Zombie and other Tiki drink have been recently published in "Sippin' Safari" by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Berry researched the origins of many Tiki cocktails, interviewing bartenders from Don the Beachcomber's and other original Tiki places and digging up other original sources. Mostly notably, "Sippin' Safari" details Beach's development of the Zombie with three different recipes dating from 1934 to 1956. These rediscovered recipes create truly exceptional cocktails, showing just what all that excitement was about.
Three recipes, including one that purports to be the original invented at Don the Beachcomber, can be found at .
In popular culture
Billy Connollyadvised his audience during his An Audience With...show to try the Zombie, citing that it's "in an extraordinary concept; [the consumer gets] drunk from the bottom-up".
M*A*S*H_(TV_series), Season 3, Episode 17, Trapper John orders a Zombie at the Officers Club and says "Keep them coming until I turn into one."
* [http://en.bartendersdatabase.com/wiki/Zombie Bartenders Database: Zombie]
* [http://www.smallscreennetwork.com/video/80/zombie/ The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess: Zombie (video)] - features 1956 Donn Beach recipe
* [http://www.amazon.com/Sippin-Safari-Search-Tropical-Recipes/dp/1593620675/ Amazon listing: Sippin' Safari]
* [http://www.beachbumberry.com/ Beachbum Berry website]
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