What’s in a Zombie?

“On her tray was a single tall blue drink. I peered through the crowd in the direction that she’d pointed a skeletal thumb and saw the guy she was talking about looking back over his shoulder at me with a big grin on his face. One of his front teeth was missing, a little black door in his smile, and from where I sat, it looked like he had two sets of eyebrows. He made my skin crawl. Susan echoed my thoughts, “Pretty creepy, huh?”

She couldn’t guess how sick he was making me. My flesh was all goose bumps. There he sat with a whole group of equally hideous guys. I looked from the gang at the bar to the eerie blue drink on the tray. It glowed like a methane-colored flame in the darkness. It looked almost like poison. Susan was already sliding away. I grabbed her arm, which contracted almost to nothing under my grip. My mouth dropped open.

‘Wha . . . ?’ I managed to stammer, pointing to the drink that she had placed on the table.

‘Oh, I don’t think you’ll like it, Erin,” she said. “One part rum, two parts fruit juice, one part curaçao; it’s a zombie.'”

From “The Cocktail Hour,” between the DEAD LOVE covers. (more in from this selection at a later date in “Chapters”)

To make a zombie mix:

  • White rum (3/4 ounce)
  • Apricot brandy (1/2 ounce)
  • Blue Curaçao (1/4 ounce)
  • Dark rum (1/4 ounce)
  • Grenadine (1/4 ounce)
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add white rum and brandy.

Top with the fruit juices. Drizzle blue curaçao and grenadine over and along inside of glass. Top with dark rum. Garnish with some kind of tropical fruit. Serve.

The secret is in the blue curaçao.

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice

  • FlopHouseGirl

    I love rum!!! and a Blue rum drink is freaking awesome!!!!

  • Try the brainloaf recipe that I posted today.

  • Check out the recipe for a zombie. It’s around here somewhere. Oh, did I give a link? Well, it’s tucked away somewhere between the lines.