Drink of the Week: Tiki-la Zombie

Both tiki drinks and zombies have been, um, on the brain lately. Tiki cocktails because I’m writing about their resurgence in my Calgary Herald column next week; zombies because season 5 of The Walking Dead just started (also, zombies have taken over our neighbourhood in the run up to Oct. 31). So, today being Halloween and all, I thought I would combine the two forces. Behold: a tiki zombie cocktail made with tequila (not rum). Hence the name.

Drink this Halloween cocktail too fast and you might get a brain freeze.

Drink this Halloween cocktail too fast and you might get a brain freeze.

Really, this drink is just a glorified tequila sunrise (it’s actually tastier than that, with bonus lime and mint, and agave syrup instead of grenadine). I chose it because it came up as a “Day of the Dead” cocktail in a Google search and it’s the right colour (orange). Oddly, it didn’t have a name, but when I put it in the awesome $1.50 Dollarama skeleton mug and added the garnish, it took on the appearance of a tequila tiki drink. So, Tiki-la Zombie.

Wanted: a mini umbrella and a swirly straw.

Wanted: a mini umbrella and a swirly straw.

Tiki-la Zombie

  • 2 oz Cazadores tequila
  • 2 oz blood orange juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • 8 mint leaves

Method: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake with ice and then strain into a skeleton mug. Garnish with a mint sprig atop an orange wheel.

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