According to West African tradition, dead people can be brought back to an animated state by the village Bokor or Shaman. These living dead in Africa are known as the Zombi and I have always been fascinated by these phenomena since I first saw George Romero’s classic “Night of the Living Dead” way back in 1968 when a tub of popcorn cost $1.75.
Since that time hundreds of movies, books and TV shows have come around with Zombies as the central theme, so to get the inside scoop on Zombies and pop culture I went to my friend Professor Mary Rohr, the head chair at the world renowned Zombie Institute of Technology and Science.
“We here at ZITS take the undead threat very seriously,” She explained. “Zombies are not temporary spiritual abnormalities. Feeding a Zombie salt will not make it return to its grave.” I wondered if maybe my second wife’s tuna noodle casserole would render a Zombie helpless. Her casserole sure made me want to die a few times.
Anyway, Dr. Rohr continued.
“I recently received a rather lengthy text message from Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes in Northern Georgia. He told me a story of a Zombie outbreak and a small band of survivors wandering aimlessly through the countryside searching for safe haven. The Walkers and Biters of the horde of living dead are pursuing these innocent people, devouring the weak and elderly. This is a very real story of group dynamics and the instinct to survive that the media is ignoring so as not to cause wide-spread panic. It is not an urban myth.”
To prove her point, Prof. Rohr and her husband Terrence, the noted Zombie hunter and avid fisherman, took me to lunch at a remote bistro out on Highway 69. It was called the Zombie Café.
We ordered the house drink specialties.
2 Shots Tequila
1 Tbs. Powdered Sugar
Combine the tequila and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour in to cocktail glass. Dissolve sugar in the drink and drizzle grenadine on top. Serve with foo-foo umbrella.
Every now and then a drink comes along to make you forget the pressures of eluding the walking dead and pure survival. This drink is one of them.
¾ Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Oz. Pineapple Juice
1 Oz. Orange Juice
1 Oz. Rum
1 Oz. Myer’s Dark Rum
½ Oz. Apricot Brandy
1 Oz. Passion Fruit Syrup
1 Tsp. Sugar
½ Oz. 151 Rum
Combine all ingredients except the 151 rum in to a cocktail sugar filled with ice. Shake until everything is combined. Pour in to a chilled hurricane glass.
Float the 151 rum on top and garnish with a pineapple slice, mint sprig and another foo-foo umbrella.
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Happy Zombie hunting everybody.