Zombies! Finally!

February 18th, 2009  |  Published in housemade, liqueur, mixers, recipes, rum  |  7 Comments

Que Hora Es Zombie
I’m leading off today with the sad news that is presently weighing down my happy tiki post: Martin “Tiki Bowl of Death” Cate is leaving Forbidden Island. You may remember that TehDood, Camper and I spent an incredibly foggy, rum-soaked evening in Mr. Cate’s care at said bar, so I can say unequivocally that he is a tremendous fellow and his absence will be keenly felt. I, for one, am on pins and needles waiting to hear where he’ll be landing; I’m sure whatever his future endeavor turns out to be it will be as unmistakably awesome as FI. Cheers, Martin, and Moz be with you!

And now on to our regularly scheduled programming.

As you may already know, once a week the congress of nerdery known as the Mixoloseum hosts Thursday Drink Night in its chatroom. Bloggers, enthusiasts, brand reps and the occasional distiller convene to shake the night away bound by a common theme, which range from a type of spirit to a specific brand to a specific cocktail and everything in-between. Last week, in honor of the amazing conflagration of Friday the 13th and America’s favorite pink-tinged fake holiday, Thursday was dedicated to Zombie variations great and small. There are many, many, many variations on the Zombie already; the inconsistencies depend on which reference you consult, which year the recipe was written and whether or not you’re using a Donn the Beachcomber recipe. (You should be.) Given such a wide base, we determined that the recipes should use at least three rums, two syrups and one juice. Pretty broad, but when dealing with thirty different people with a host of available ingredients, it’s hard to be too specific.

In order to appropriately meet the challenge before us, TehDood and I decided to join forces for a combined evening of Zombie ass-kicking. Side note: I have an extreme and no-holds-barred love for zombies, which includes both a “when the zombie apocalypse happens” end-times plan of action and a life’s ambition to be a zombie in a film before I die. And no, I have no other film aspirations. I just want to be a zombie. Dream big!

Anyway, Matt brought over a big box of assorted rums and we laid out a spread: pineapple juice, limes, lemons, oranges, blood oranges and grapefruits, plus the complete assortment of syrups previously mentioned. What resulted was a barrage of incredibly weird and occasionally absolutely delightful “Zombies” which, though not strictly faithful, certainly turned us into the undead by the end of the night. Below you’ll find our two most successful recipes, the first, pictured, by Dan and the second by yours truly. I can say with only a little bitterness that Dan’s is better, so try it first.

Que Hora Es Zombie

1 oz Zaya (Trinidad)
1 oz Coruba
1 oz Lemon Hart 80°
¾ oz Agavero
¼ oz Liqor 43
¼ oz St. Elizabeth allspice dram
½ oz orgeat
½ oz lillikoi (passion fruit) syrup
1 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz blood orange juice

Shake well over ice and pour into your favorite tiki beverage receptacle over fresh ice. Garnish with mint, or live dangerously and drink sans garnish.

This turned out to be a favorite of many people in the chatroom as well as all of the people at our house. The Agavero lends balance to the drink through it’s strong agave flavor, which tempers the sweetness of the orgeat and lillikoi as well as amping up the spice from the St. Elizabeth. The whole drink is only slightly sweet, with strong vanilla and almond notes, the rest being earthy and rich with a hint of something vegetal. It seems like it shouldn’t work but it does—sort of like a reanimated corpse. (And no, the name doesn’t mean anything. It’s supposed to be non-sensical.)

Que Hora Es Zombie

Martian Zombie

1 oz Appleton V/X
1 oz Clement VSOP
½ oz spice syrup
½ oz orgeat
½ oz lillikoi (passion fruit) syrup
½ oz vanilla syrup
1 oz blood orange juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz Zaya (Trinidad)

Shake over ice until very cold, pour into a glass filled with fresh ice and float the Zaya Trin; party like you’re Glenn Danzig.

Honestly my memory of this is slightly foggy, but I remember that it was sweet and spicy in a very excellent way. It was definitely my most successful experiment of the night, though I’d recommend having this at the end of the evening, sort of like brai dessert.

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  1. Martin says:

    February 18th, 2009at 2:22 pm(#)

    Mahalo, Marleigh, and Moz be with you as well!

  2. Martin says:

    February 18th, 2009at 2:23 pm(#)

    and all hail Glenn Danzig.

  3. Marleigh says:

    February 18th, 2009at 2:34 pm(#)


  4. scomorokh says:

    February 20th, 2009at 12:50 pm(#)

    Yours Zombie is great! Actually I like veru much this cocktail with a lot of citrus juices like grapefruit and some like this :) Blood orange is great choice!

  5. Marleigh says:

    February 24th, 2009at 10:17 am(#)

    Thanks! We have a giant bowl of blood oranges at the moment, so we’re trying to use them as much as possible. And grapefruit is just awesome. :)

  6. Cane Spirit Guide says:

    March 14th, 2009at 2:56 am(#)

    how did i… miss… this?

    nice recipes. very nice.
    one of these days i may have to pit my zombies against all of yours. a zombie face-off, if you will.

    wait. that sounds… gory.

  7. Marleigh says:

    March 16th, 2009at 9:31 am(#)

    There is no zombie faceoff that isn’t right up my alley. ;)

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