The Zombie Cocktail | Tiki Month – Bonus Simplified Version

Today we’re going to show you how to make The Zombie, a tiki cocktail with a mysterious background. We will also create the Simplified Zombie created by Jeff Berry for those that don’t have all the ingredients. We taste both.

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The Zombie has a few secret ingredients that makes the 1934 tiki drink complete. You’ll need Lemon Hart 151 which can be a tough one to get, but should be more available now than it used to be a few years ago (when they halted production). The second secret ingredient is Don’s Mix, which is Spices Number 4 — aka Cinnamon Simple Syrup as well as grapefruit juice (2 juice to 1 cinnamon simple).

Here is the breakdown for the original zombie drink:

The Zombie (1934)
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz Don’s mix (2 oz grapefruit to 1 oz cinnamon simple)
½ oz falernum
1 ½ oz gold Puerto Rican rum
1 ½ oz aged Jamaican rum
1 oz 151-proof Lemon Hart Demerara rum
Dash Angostura bitters
6 drops (1/8 teaspoon) Pernod
Teaspoon grenadine

It’s pretty strong, a brutal little tiki cocktail that brings some traditional tiki curiosity flavors of allspice, clove, and brown sugar but is clobbered with potency, rum bite and an off-dry finish.

Alternatively, the simplified zombie highlights just the core flavors:

The Zombie (Simplified)
¾ oz fresh lime juice
1 oz. grapefruit juice
½ oz cinnamon simple syrup
½ oz 151 proof amber rum
1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum

This recipe has a mild rum, a light introduction of cinnamon sweet and a finishing sour, more like a standard classic cocktail offering. The simplified zombie is much more approachable on flavor profile, but loses some of the dangerous potent finishings left behind from the 1934 zombie.

Table of Contents
0:00 Introduction
0:52 History of The Zombie
2:26 The Zombie Ingredient Breakdown
8:47 Tasting The 1934 Zombie Tiki Drink
10:57 The Simplified Zombie Ingredient Breakdown
11:41 A bit about 151 rum selection
13:30 The close up shot of The Zombie Drink
13:45 Tasting of the Simplified Zombie
14:28 Compare & Contrast Two Zombie Drinks

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