Don the Beachcomber’s 10-ingredient Zombie is one of the most storied cocktails in the tiki canon. Like many of the Beachcomber’s recipes, its contents were a mystery until Jeff “Beachbum” Berry decoded its cryptic ingredients, but its potency was legendary from the start. Customers who visited any Beachcomber outpost were limited to two per sitting, a mandate that helped shape the lore of this drink. In 2007, Berry created this simplified rendition, of which he says, “While nowhere near as layered and complex as Don the Beachcomber’s ten-ingredient original, my bare-bones version does approximate its flavor profile, without sending you on a scavenger hunt for 151-proof Lemon Hart rum, falernum, a blender or crushed ice.”
Reprinted with permission from Easy Tiki: A Modern Revival with 60 Recipes, by Chloe Frechette, copyright © 2020. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2020 by Lizzie Munro.