In case you haven’t noticed, it’s fall. And not only is it fall, it’s already October. I’m not sure how the fuck that happened, but we’re mere weeks away from Halloween and I can already taste the two sticks of butter I put in my Thanksgiving stuffing. But back to this month. To get us in the mood, I’ve mixed up a spooky rum drink, The Little Zombie, a perfect Halloween cocktail. Actually, it’s not spooky at all and I think the original Zombie is only called that because if you drink half of one you’ll be stumbling around like a real-life fucking zombie.
That’s because, according to David Wondrich, the perfect Zombie is made with white rum, dark rum, golden rum, and 151-proof rum. Luckily, he and I are in agreement that it’s also not very good. And really — who the fuck needs four kinds of rum in one drink? Your drunk uncle who combined the dregs of various airplane bottles with some flat RC Cola before passing out in a pile of his own vomit and piss?
My Little Zombie cocktail is a much more reasonable take on the original, and it’s made with exactly one kind of rum: the good kind. While digging through my liquor cabinet, I found an unopened bottle of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva. The brand sent it to me least a year ago, but since I never really got into rum (thanks to horrible hangover memories associated with a night of too many rum and Diet Cokes when I was 19) I let it collect dust for a while (sorry!). Well, no more. This shit is good. Like, I-can-sip-it good.
While my Little Zombie is a reasonable take on the original, it’s still strong. Most cocktails call for two ounces of base booze, but this one gets three. I mean, it has to earn its Zombie name somehow, right? The rum gets a good shake with a little pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup, and I garnish it with mint and a lime wheel. For the picture, I also put a bourbon-soaked cherry on it, because Halloween is all about disgusting shit, right? And while this could totally be considered a tiki cocktail, I love that it’s not too sweet. Because I just don’t do overly sweet drinks.
The Little Zombie Halloween Cocktail
3 ounces dark rum
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
½ ounce pineapple juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Lime wheel, mint, or whatever the fuck for garnish
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into an Old-Fashioned or lowball glass filled at least halfway with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wheel, some mint, or whatever, and enjoy.
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