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MxMo LXIV: Tiki!

While Mixology Monday has been absent for a couple of months, this month it’s back and is being hosted by Doug over at The Pegu Tiki Blog. His challenge is to essentially write about anything tiki or related.

This poses a slight challenge for me. While Tiki is actually quite cool and not kitsch at all, as some would think, it also requires a lot of work and cool glassware. Despite the challenges, the appeal of Tiki lies in the ability to transport you away to an exotic time and/or place, without ever having moved you at all.

Tiki culture was purportedly created in 1934, by one Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, more affectionately known as Don the Beachcomber. It is from his brilliant mind that our cocktail comes from today. With a mix of tropical fruit juices, and loads of rum, Don’s Zombie is one fantastic drink. And with all things awesome, they are often shrouded in secrecy, apparently Don’s bartenders didn’t even know the makeup of many of his drinks, they just mixed out of bottles coded by numbers or letters. Nonetheless, several variations of the Zombie are out there, and this one comes to us courtesy of Ted Haigh.

Don the Beachcomber’s Zombie
1 tsp Brown Sugar
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Gold Puerto Rican Rum
1 oz 151 Demerara Rum
1 oz White Puerto Rican Rum
1 oz unsweetened Pineapple Juice
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1 dash Angostura

Shake with ice, pour into fancy pants glass (traditionally a hurricane glass of course), and let yourself be transported away. As a disclaimer, while the glass in the picture you see below may seem empty, I can attest that there once was not just one, but two Zombies in that glass. Cheers!

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The Benjamin Barker Daiquiri

This cocktail is brought to the world by the one and only Brian Miller, esteemed barman of New York’s Death and Co.

This twist on a classic is tasty and adds layer upon layer of complexity to the drink. While it may seem to be an unlikely pairing, the Campari and Goslings actually work wonders together, and while the Absinthe is understated, it serves to pull the ingredients together in harmonious balance. Cheers!

Benjamin Barker Daiquiri
1 1/2 oz Gosling’s Rum
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Absinthe
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup