Here at The Aerie this week, we had an even more lackluster showing of trick-or-treaters than usual — five kids. Five. That’s it. I don’t know what’s with kids these days not wanting to climb a 600 foot hill and walk to the end of our dark cul-de-sac. Sheesh.
Regardless, this past week I was talking cocktails with Roomie and he said he never had a Zombie cocktail. And upon further review, I realized I hadn’t either. Clearly, the challenge was on.
Now, the Zombie is one of those multi-ingredient cocktails like a Singapore Sling or a Mai-Tai for which you can probably find a kazillion different recipes. I’m going to start from the recipe in Hellmich’s book and put in a few variations
- 1 oz light rum
- 1 oz gold rum
- 1 oz dark rum
- ½ oz apricot brandy (I actually used apple brandy)
- 1 oz creme de banana
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- ¼ oz grenadine
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- dash of bitters
- ½ oz rum floater (recipe calls for 151, but I didn’t have any so I substituted The Kraken)
Shake everything (except the floater) with ice and into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Lay on floater. Garnish with orange and lime wheels and a cherry.
I have to say that it’s pretty darn good — though a bit lime-y. I think the limes from our tree our pretty potent, so I might cut that back to a half-ounce.