Watch out for Zombies!

So tomorrow is Hallowe’en, and the streets will be filled with pumpkins, spiderwebs and monsters! This fun holiday is a great excuse for regressing into childhood and filling your drinks with blood-red food colouring, eyeball ice cubes and jelly worms.

However, if you want to keep it simple and just enjoy a great drink with a subtle nod to All Hallow’s Eve, then look no further than the classic Zombie.

Invented by Donn Beach for his famous Don the Beachcomber restaurant in the 1930s, legend states he originally concocted the drink to help a hung-over customer get through a business meeting. The businessman returned several days later to complain that he had been turned into a zombie for his entire trip, and the cocktail was born!

A heady combination of rums, liqueurs and fruit juice, its fruity flavour belies its high alcohol content – most bars limit these drinks to two per customer!

Zombie (makes 2)

Photograph courtesy of Steve Welch

Photograph courtesy of Steve Welch

  • 30ml Dark Rum
  • 30ml Golden Rum
  • 30ml Apricot Brandy
  • 15ml Orgeat
  • 15ml Absinthe
  • 30ml Lime Juice
  • 250ml Pineapple Juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 30ml Grenadine

Fill a glass or jam jar with ice. Add all ingredients except grenadine into a shaker, fill with ice, and shake until it frosts. Pour into glass, and then drizzle grenadine over the top. If you want to dress it with Hallowe’en garnishes, go ahead!

The elements of this drink balance so well – you can taste all the components, but they combine to something special. Take your time with this, it’s hardly a session drink, but one or two won’t cause you too much bother!

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, enjoy (responsibly) and watch out for real zombies! x

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