Zombie Challenge 2015!

zombie challenge 2015 logo

If the Bum had not cracked the code of the 1934 Zombie we would not have known it……

……and WHO can resist a Zombie? ………not me……….. 🙂

So here we go again with the next tiki drink challenge, the one and only, the Zombie! oh how I love that drink! and not only does it taste fabulous, it was this very drink that started the tiki craze and put Don the Beachcomber on the map! But tiki is so much more than just the drinks – which are just one piece of the puzzle that makes up the colorful and exotic “Tiki fabric” – but a very important one! and the Zombie is one of the most important of the drinks.

The Zombie is so popular that there´s even a whole book dedicated to just the Zombie, it´s history and what must be the worlds biggest collection of Zombie recipes! and in Sippin`Safari there`s a whole chapter about it´s history and how the Bum cracked the code. Because the original recipe was written in code. There´s tons of Zombie recipes out there, some good, some worse….but the best in my opinion is the original, the 1934 Zombie Punch by Donn Beach, which btw he kept tinkering with his whole life.

If you don`t know already, the Tiki drink challenges are taking place on Instagram where you post up a picture of the drink in question whether you make your own or order one at a bar! and feel free to play around! you can find all the submitted Zombies on the hashtag #zombiechallenge2015 and make sure to follow @el_nova_1 for updates.

Here`s a few recipes:

Zombie recipes collage

For my submissions I first picked the recipe from the 1950s at the Luau Room at Hotel Del Coronado and used rums that i had on hand:

Zombie Coronado

1 oz fresh lemon juice

2 oz passion fruit juice

2 dashes orgeat syrup

1.5 oz Boston Rum (whatever that is? I replaced it with Denzien Merchant`s Reserve)

0.75 oz Gold Puerto Rican Rum (here I used Lost Spirits Polynesian Inspired Rum)

0.75 oz Martinique Rum

1 dash 151 Demerara rum (float)

1 dash Pernod (I used Herbsaint)

Shake everything except the 151 demerara with ice cubes and pour into tall glass. Float 151 demerara on top and garnish with 1/2 slice pineapple, orange slice, cocktail cherry, pineapple leaf and mint.

Let the Zombie take over…..

Saving my favorite Zombie recipe for last, the 1934 Zombie Punch by Don the Beachcomber, it´s originally served in a chimney glass but since I used that for the first drink I decided to use one of the cool mugs I have that are made by Wild Thing Creations.

Now, the 1934 Zombie Punch…..this IS a drink!

Zombie Punch

Served in a cool mug made by Wayne Hoareau, owner of Wild Thing Creations……..! recipe for the 1934 Zombie Punch below:

Zombie recipe

One Reply to “Zombie Challenge 2015!”

  1. I tried the 1934 recipe too, but I’ve cut the proportions in half, I didn’t want to be immediatly drunk 😉
    It was the first time I tasted a Zombie and I was quite surprised it wasn’t sweet. And since I don’t like cinnamon, it was good for me that I couldn’t taste it too much.

    And I’m jealous of your mugs !

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