When I was growing up, there were still Polynesian restaurants or "Tiki Bars
" everywhere and everyone went to them, not just arty hipsters who read Juxtapoz Magazine
. It was a family outing with exotic food in a dreamlike setting, usually a waterfall, a bridge over a running stream and a night sky painted on the ceiling. Very tropical. And, to the adults delight, the menu featured tasty tiki drinks that got you buzzed quickly and made you feel like you weren't in the same town you worked in and your kids were tolerable.
Now the drink that epitomized the Tiki Bar
lifestyle, was The Zombie
. I've had a few of them lately, in Montreal, Dallas, and Chicago. Montreal's was the best, but none of them match this recipe. Casual drinkers beware, this is a drink from an age when folks took their cocktail hour very seriously and the Zombie
Knock one of these puppies back before you come to The Revenants
, which opens April 20th at Angel Island Theater in Chicago.