Jeff “Beachbum” Berry has spent years uncovering the recipes for original tiki drinks from the ’30s and ’40s. The Zombie is a Don the Beachcomber signature cocktail that has been poorly reinterpreted over the years, most often as a bad drink resembling a tropical Long Island iced tea. This recipe dates to about 1934. Berry found it in the 1937 notebook of Beachcomber waiter Dick Santiago, who had marked the recipe “old.”
Falernum is a clove- and lime-infused liqueur and can be purchased at most liquor stores; a popular brand is John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum. If you can’t find falernum, try making your own. We think this recipe is a great stand-in.
The Original Zombie recipe was featured as part of our Tiki Cocktails photo gallery.
3/4 cup crushed ice
1 1/2 ounces aged Jamaican rum, such as Appleton Estate V/X or Extra