Unleash Your Inner Zombie This Halloween
By Rick Garner
It’s earned the tag line “Don’t Bury Me. I’m Not Done Drinking Yet…”
This amazing and mind numbing elixir is the tequila equivalent of the famous Zombie Cocktail made of fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums, so named for its perceived effects upon the drinker. The legendary cocktail was invented in 1934 by Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gannt of Hollywood ~ famously known as Don the Beachcomber. It was popularized soon afterwards at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Legend has it that Donn Beach originally concocted the Zombie to help a hung-over customer get through a business meeting. He returned several days later to complain that he had been turned into a zombie for his entire trip. Its smooth, fruity taste works to conceal its extremely high alcoholic content. Don the Beachcomber restaurants reportedly limited their customers to “Only Two Zombies Per Customer” ~ only adding to the dangerous allure and mystique.
Anything with such a sexy and mythic history such as the Zombie Cocktail is just begging for a tequila update. However, Donn Beach was very cautious with the recipes of his original cocktails. His instructions for his bartenders contained coded references to ingredients, the contents of which were only known to him.
Not so with Muertos Vivientos. The complete recipe, and Donn’s original recipe, are revealed below.
2 Ounces Voodoo Tiki Añejo Tequila
1 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
2 Ounces grapefruit Juice
1 Ounce Falernum
3/4 Ounce Cherry Herring or Maraschino Liqueur
4 drops Pomegranate Syrup
2 Dash of Angostura Bitters
Step One: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass and shake with ice.
Step Two: (optional) Place a 1/2 lime flipped inside out on top. Add 1/2 ounce high proof Demerera Rum. Ignite. Serve flaming.
Voodoo Tiki Carnival Cotton Candy
We know that if you have discerning taste, chances are good you stay away from flavored and infused tequilas, but let us show you why you shouldn’t rush to judgment. The “Carnival Cotton Candy” will win you back and make a believer out of you.
We even tested it on añejo sippers. If anyone was going to condemn a Cotton Candy-inspired cocktail it would be these folks, but the response was actually quite positive.
The first thing you’ll notice is the aroma of cotton candy from the combination of 100% blue agave, all natural Blue Dragon Blue Raspberry and Kiwi Infused Tequila and real cotton candy. The presentation featuring two glasses ~ and the guest getting to pour the cocktail over Cotton Candy and ice ~ is a fun and visually appealing touch.
Now the cocktail is certainly sweet ~ Hello, it has “Cotton Candy” in the name ~ but this is not a cheap tequila masked with flavor. This is ultra premium Voodoo Tiki Infused Tequila 100% Blue Agave, all natural with no artificial colors.
The smell aids in capturing the cotton candy sensibility in your mouth; when the liquid hits your lips you will feel as if you are eating liquid Cotton Candy…and then wait for the images of the grand old carnival/freak days to kick in!
PS ~ Insanely dangerous rides and fixed carnival games optional.
VOODOO TIKI CARNIVAL COTTON CANDY
1.5 oz Voodoo Tiki Blue Dragon Blue Raspberry and Kiwi Infused Tequila
1 oz Vanilla Syrup
1.5 oz Club Soda
1/2 Cup by Volume Cotton Candy
Combine the liquid ingredients in a small cocktail shaker and stir ~ do not shake ~ gently so as not to lose the carbonation. Fill a bowl glass, such as a red wine glass with ice, leaving about a 1/2 inch at the top for the cotton candy, which should be place to be above the rim of the glass as pictured. Include a straw down the center to appear like a cotton candy stick. Serve allowing the recipient to pour the liquids over the cotton candy and ice.
Love the Carnival Cotton Candy Cocktail? Check out these two Voodoo Tiki new classics. The Desert Rose Prickly Pear Margarita (www.voodootiki.com/desert-rose-prickly-pear-infused-tequila/) is the cocktail that made Voodoo Tiki ask fans, “Please Stop Sending Us Your Panties.” The Blue Kiwi Margarita (www.voodootiki.com/blue-raspberry-kiwi-makes-me-do-bad-things/) makes girls do very bad things to boys. Try them!
About the Tequilas
Voodoo Tiki Platinum maintains the herbal fragrance and sweet taste of the mature agave with a light pear finish. Voodoo Tiki Reposado Tequila, is carefully and lightly aged for up to one year resulting in a sweet vanilla like taste, hints of butterscotch with a light brandy finish. Voodoo Tiki Añejo Tequila is aged a minimum of one year, resulting in a caramel, butterscotch profile with hints of dark chocolate and a soft brandy and cognac style finish. All are 100% blue agave, all natural with no artificial colors, flavors or additives. Fans visit www.VoodooTiki.com to get your Free Official Voodoo Tiki Tequila TRIBE gear by mail.