Dead Love: A Zombie Taste for Absinthe

“The houseboat smelled of licorice drops and hashish and developing chemicals and was sparsely furnished and crammed with art. In the main room, which held only a table and two rather worn chairs, photographs covered every surface. Matted enlargements of photographs leaned against the walls. Next to the stainless steel sink of the simple galley-style kitchen sat two short crystal glasses, a bottle of a licorice-flavored spirits called absinthe, and a decanter of some kind of red wine.”

—DEAD LOVE/Chapter 22/The Wolf Man and the Mule

It’s true, some absinthe lovers are zombies and that is why when I met Liza, I asked her for the recipe for zombie punch. Liza, who literally helped write the book on absinthe (she took the photos for A Taste for Absinthe)  looks a little like the green fairy (another name for absinthe) come to life. If you don’t believe me, check out her picture on the website. Liza is a freelance photographer and writer and expert world-traveler. She’s passionate about people, culture, and food, and her work has been featured in Outside Magazine, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle PI, Tasting Panel Magazine, C Magazine, Marin Magazine, and 7×7 to name a few. Her cohorts on the absinthe book are absinthe expert R. Winston Guthrie and James F. Thompson, who we must thank for all the lovely information on absinthe and for an awesome collection of cocktails to die for.

Take, for example, this Zombie Punch, Made by Brian Miller for Death & Co. in NYC

1 1/2 ounce aged Jamaican rum
1 1/2 ounce gold Puerto Rican rum
1 ounce 151 proof demerara rum
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce Don’s Mix #2
1/2 ounce Velvet Falernum
1 teaspoon grenadine
1/8 teaspoon absinthe
1 dash Angostura bitters

-shake with 3 ice cubes and strain into a tall tiki mug over crushed ice
-garnish with a mint sprig

Don’s Mix #2 is a combination of 2 parts fresh grapefruit juice to 1  
part cinnamon bark syrup.

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice

  • boldlow

    Yummy – bottoms up! Then, see ya in the crypt! I'll probably need a bokor to get back to reality…