"TIKI" as a word was initially used to describe the giant totems in the Eastern Islands, as well as the Polynesian culture's "First Man" the one that we would call "Adam".
Timejumping in the 1930's two legendary bartenders and bar restaurant owners, Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic, gave birth to the Tiki craze with their Tiki bars being THE COOLEST place to be seen,gathering actors ,politicians and the so called high society ,all in aloha leis and hawaian shirts drinking from giant straws strange multi-colored conjoctions served in ceramic tiki mugs and volcano bowls.
Zombie cocktail was created in 1934, with a mix of 5 rums, fresh fruits (exotic for us but local for them) and other secret ingredients.
Don would only allow customers to drink a maximum of 2 Zombies per night... and that was a strict rule.
Only one person of the so called underworld trying to prove how tough he was ,bet Don he could manage more and he certainly would have if he had not fainted few sips before he finished the third one.
Beach's original recipes for the Zombie and other Tiki drink have been recently published in Sippin' Safari by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry.
Don instructions on his bartenders contained coded references to ingredients such as "Donn's Mix", the contents of which were only known to him. As a result of Beach's secrecy and the enormous popularity of these drinks during the Tiki craze, countless variations on the Zombie emerged.
Beach's original recipes for the Zombie and other Tiki drinks have been recently published in "Sippin' Safari" by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry a really great guy who has one of the worst jobs on the planet.Drinking rum and writing about it that is.
At Baba Au Rum Bar we make our own "Zombie blend' using 5 different rums we import from the Carribean seas, including heavy dark Jamaican rum, , Demerara and Wray & Nephew overproof rum and more(...) as well as homemade Falernum liquer, fresh fruit juices, homemade or "Bitter Truth " bitters, dashes of Pernod Anis and...