Brains Are All I’ve Eaten All Week

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So you have three options for today, which hopefully translated well in the calendar, but today’s project is to try a Zombie Cocktail.  The Zombie was invented in 1934 by Donn Beach, and was hugely popular during the tiki-craze.  Donn was kind of a jerk about his recipes and even his own bartenders were only given coded references to ingredients which only he knew the contents of.  I guess customers couldn’t go to other bars and order a Zombie when one of the ingredients was “Don’s Mix”, which presumably only Don knew what that was (cinnamon syrup and grapefruit juice.)  Somehow despite Don’s secretive nature, the original Zombie recipe is known, as well as the fact that he changed it three times.  But the fact that he kept it secret plus just the fact that it’s a popular drink means that there are a million variations and if you order one you never know what you’re going to get.

Unless you live in Colorado Springs. Then what you’ll get is a blank stare.  I have collected some recommendations for new places to try that are hopefully more promising and maybe own a bartender’s guide or access to google. I don’t know how much faith I have that it will happen given I’ve been trying to make this particular little endeavor happen for years with no luck, but I’m gonna try again because I’m totally not on board with having to buy multiple full sized bottles of liquor to make one drink at home when SOMEONE should be able to make it for me.

So.  Your options for today’s participation, as a venture into experiencing pop culture, are to either go somewhere and order a zombie or a virgin zombie if you’re not a drinker (if you succeed at this I want to see a picture, and hear what your bartender said is in it), make a zombie at home, or if you’re not a drinker or shouldn’t be then make a zombie mocktail.  The original recipe includes some things you’re gonna have a helluvatime getting (or spend a fortune on if you do manage to make it happen) so I’m gonna go with a recipe from (recipe makes 1 cocktail):

  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz creme de almond (AKA Creme de Noyaux)
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz 151 proof rum (I’m gonna call this element optional. It will not do anything for the taste and is strong stuff.  I personally would leave it out.)

Shake all ingredients, except 151 proof rum, with ice and strain into a collins glass over ice cubes. Float the 151 proof rum on top.  Add a cherry, if desired, and serve.

To make it into a mocktail, cause not drinking alcohol does NOT mean you can’t have fun mixed drinks, you’ll follow the same recipe except substituting pineapple juice for the light rum (can add 1 Tablespoon Imitation Rum if desired if it won’t tempt you back into any bad habits), apple juice in place of the dark rum, almond extract + cream in place of the creme de almond, and nix the 151 proof rum altogether.  There are non-alcoholic Triple Sec syrups available, but if you don’t want to spend the money on one just increase the orange juice to cover it.  Sweet and Sour Mix isn’t alcoholic but if alcohol related ingredients are in danger of throwing you off the wagon then just mix equal parts lemon and/or lime juice and simple syrup.

Today’s List of Tasks:

  • Lotion Your Feet
  • Clean Your Hallways
  • Go For a Walk
  • Spin in a circle or watch a ceiling fan, electric fan, or toy top

A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on
MP3: Zombie Love Song
(There’s no album for this song. There was one planned but contract disputes have the project defunct.)

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