The Zombie — or Skull Puncher, as it’s also known — is the handiwork of Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, better known as tiki guru Don the Beachcomber, who is said to have whipped one up for the benefit of a Hollywood bar patron in serious need of some hair of the dog back in the 1930s. The guest reportedly returned later complaining that the potable was so potent, it had turned him into a zombie. And make no mistake, the Zombie is a monster—containing not one, not two, but THREE different types of rum of varying potency, falernum liqueur and a touch of absinthe for good measure. It’s not a cocktail one typically unwinds with at home after a long day of the office (unless you’re a true tikinaught). The Zombie is intended for recreational use on a very limited basis. More than two or three in one sitting is not recommended, unless you…no…oh no…you’re one of them aren’t you?
When ice first arrived in the Caribbean in the mid-19th century, smart, thirsty locals created something called "switchel," a refreshing mix of molasses, water and crushed ice, which they mixed into the drink using a tool called a swizzle stick. The Rum Swizzle is simply a boozed up version of switchel, which swaps out molasses for dark rum and for...