Flaming Zombie

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Recipe

Add all ingredients minus overproof rum into your Boston glass and shake vigorously. Strain contents into a tiki mug then fill with ice.

Hollow half a lime and fill with Wray & Nephew, balance on top, set alight, and sprinkle with cinnamon for sparky effect.

Blow out flaming rum and carefully pour into drink. Finish with a straw and enjoy!

Flaming Zombie

The Flaming Zombie, as the name suggests, is not a cocktail to be trifled with, this potent rum-punch consists of four different rums, apricot brandy, grenadine and pineapple, grapefruit and lime juice.

The combination of tropical fruit, tangy lime and sweet grenadine work together to cleverly soften the blow of all that rum and make a cocktail that’s alarmingly easy to drink.

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The Flaming Zombie, or simply the Zombie is a classic tiki drink, and a fantastic inclusion on any tiki style or rum based menu. Originally created by Donn Beach, AKA Don The Beachcomber for his Hollywood Don The Beachcomber Restaurant, this cocktail calls for at least 3 different rums, falernum, bitters and various fruit juices.

Donn Beach was famously protective of his recipes and it’s only recently that the original formula has been decoded and published in Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry’s Sippin Safari  Cocktail book. This cocktail packs a serious punch, with 3 different rums including overproof (rum that is over 50% ABV) stealthily hidden between tropical fruit juice, the Zombie is dangerously easy to drink. Because of its potency Don The Beachcomber restaurants limit their customers to two per sitting as do many other bars.

Because of the strength of this cocktail it would probably be a good idea to serve it alongside some lower ABV options, if you wanted to stick with the tiki theme, something like a Pina Colada or an Eastern Sour could be a good low alcohol option to go alongside it. The Eastern Sour uses whisky in place of tiki drinks’ usual spirit of choice, rum, this makes it a great alternative to rum cocktails when designing a tiki style menu.

The ‘Flaming’ part of this drink comes from adding the overproof rum to an inverted lime-half, balancing it on top of the cocktail, and setting it alight. This is a great bit of theatre and would be sure to impress your guests but if this presents a health and safety issue, the flaming can be left out and the cocktail still tastes great.

Be aware that if you plan on featuring a flaming zombie on your menu, this drink does require quite a lot of time to make, you may want to think about serving some quicker, less complex cocktails with it to help regulate speed of service. Some other great rum drinks that are faster to make include the Dark and Stormy and the Daiquiri.

If you’re interested in featuring a Zombie on your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks could be served alongside it be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other rum based, fruit flavoured and tiki style cocktails from our list.

History

This tiki spin on a whisky sour was created by tiki-titan and chief instigator of island vibes, Trader Vic himself.

Legend has it, the drink was created to celebrate a new branch of Trader Vic’s which opened in 1975 in Toronto, on the east coast of Canada—hence the name.

The idea to create a special sour for the opening of each new Trader Vic’s location was common practice, with Trader Vic also creating the London Sour (exchanging bourbon for Scotch) for the opening of his London location in 1965, and the Munich Sour (using cognac) for the bar’s Munich launch in 1972.

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Ingredients & Equipment

Ingredients:

  • 75ml Rum Blend (1:1:1 Dark Rum:Gold Rum:White Rum)
  • 25ml Apricot Brandy
  • 25ml Pineapple Juice
  • 25ml Grapefruit Juice
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 12.5ml Grenadine
  • 2-3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 25ml Overproof Rum (Garnish)
  • Squeezed Lime-Half for Garnish
  • Powdered Cinnamon for Garnish

Equipment:

  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Cinnamon Shaker
  • Matches
  • Tiki Mug
  • Cubed Ice
Method
  1. Take your Boston glass or small tin
  2. Using your jigger to measure, add the rum blend, apricot brandy, grenadine, pineapple and grapefruit juice to the shaker
  3. Using your Mexican elbow and you jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
  4. Reserve one squeezed lime-half for garnish
  5. Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters to the shaker
  6. Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal with the Boston tin or lid
  7. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, or until your tin is very cold
  8. Use your Hawthorne strainer to strain your cocktail into your tiki mug, before adding ice
  9. Fill your tiki-mug with cubed ice
  10. Hollow out your squeezed lime-half to make a bowl and balance it on top of your cocktail
  11. Fill the lime half with overproof rum, and use a match to light it
  12. Shake some cinnamon over the flame to create sparks
  13. Blow out the flaming rum and carefully pour it into the drink
  14. Finish with a straw
  15. Serve and enjoy!

LEARN TO MAKE

mixology-masterclasses-in-londonThe Flaming Zombie certainly packs a considerable punch. Pick up all the skills required to make this not-so-subtle summertime showstopper on one of our range of 100% interactive cocktail making classes.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that each of our attendees has as hands-on an experience as possible, and that no one spends very long standing around watching and not doing. Each student will get to use their own bar station, high-quality equipment and ingredients, and there will never be more than 4-5 people to a bar at any one time.

We run public versions of our sessions every Friday and Saturday in the purpose-built studios at our permanent home and sister company in Shoreditch, TT Liquor. Click here to see our full range of classes.

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

If all this has sparked your curiosity, give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.

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