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46. Like the Others I Had a Zombie and it Bombed Me

46. Like the Others I Had a Zombie and it Bombed Me

“They picked me up in their brand new Dodge and we went to Trader Vic’s or Mr. Ricks and I ordered, like the others, a zombie. And it bombed me, it just bombed me. And when we got to the stoop and my Father-in-law said ‘Were you attacked?’, my aunt, being helpful, said something that made my heart just go sunk: with a look on her face like something’d stunk, “She’s just drunk!”, she hissed. I reached for the arm of the arm chair and missed.” –Fiery Furnaces

Donn Beach created the Zombie for a friend who had stopped by his restaurant before a flight to San Francisco. The friend drank three of them and returned a few days later complaining that he had been turned into a “zombie” for the entire trip. It’s really no wonder as a Zombie contains multiple liqueurs, rums and fruit juices and has an extremely high alcohol content (7.5 ounces in the original recipe).

For anyone wanting to take their own Walk With A Zombie (the drink makes a cameo in the 1943 film), this is purportedly the original recipe.

* 3/4 oz lime juice
* 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
* 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
* 1/4 oz falernum
* 1 1/4 oz gold rum
* 1 oz dark rum
* 1 oz 151 proof Demerara rum
* 3/4 oz Maraschino Liquer
* 1/4 tsp Grenadine
* 1/8 tsp Pernod
* 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

blend briefly without ice

add ice, blend to chill

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