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Donn Beach was infamously cagey about sharing his cocktail recipes, especially the one for his legendary Zombie. As a result, most Zombies served in bars today bear little resemblance to the original drink. However, tiki expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry pieced the recipe together through both historical research and lucky encounters with former Beachcomber employees.

1 1/2 oz. Jamaican rum
1 1/2 oz. gold Puerto Rican rum
1 oz. 151-proof Demerara rum
1/8 tsp. Herbsaint or Pernod
1/2 oz. falernum
1/2 oz. Donn’s Mix (see below)
1 tsp. grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 oz. crushed ice
Tools: blender
Glass: chimney
Garnish: mint sprig

Put everything in blender, saving ice for last. Blend at high speed for no more than 5 seconds. Pour into glass and add ice cubes to fill. Garnish.


Donn's Mix

3 cinnamon sticks, crushed

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

fresh grapefruit juice


Create an infused simple syrup by heating cinnamon sticks, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit for at least 2 hours before straining into a clean glass bottle. To finish making the mix, add 1 part of the syrup to 2 parts fresh grapefruit juice.


From Sippin’ Safari by Jeff Berry, 2007







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