|Monday Evening, April 25 from 5 to 7pm
The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival begins with the Zombie Jamboree at the legendary Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday, April 25 from 5 to 7pm, sponsored by DonQ Rum of Puerto Rico.
Invented by Don The Beachcomber in the 1930s, the infamous Zombie Cocktail took the world by storm more than 75 years ago.
This special homage to the Zombie Cocktail is the definitive zombie event of the year.
The evening event consists of three components. First, Jeff Berry's seminar on the history of the zombie cocktail, then the best contemporary mixologists compete in the Zombie Jam, followed by the Mai Kai show and dinner.
Beachbum's Zombie Seminar
Our guest speaker and presenter for Zombie Jamboree 2011 is the preeminent authority on tiki cocktails -- and the Zombie cocktail in particular -- Mr. Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. The 'Bum's life work has been to study and investigate all aspects of tiki culture and the cocktails made famous by legends such as Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic.
Jeff Berry's books include Sippin' Safari, Grog Log, Intoxica and Taboo Table. His web site is a treasure trove of tiki culture. His app "Tiki+" is the definitive iPhone and iPad resource for tiki cocktail recipes.
Sponsored by DonQ Rum from Puerto Rico, Mr. Beachbum will present his graduate-level thesis seminar on the original creation of -- and the further evolution of -- the Zombie cocktail, featuring samples of Don's classic 1934 and 1956 zombie recipes.
Guests will taste the delicious classic versions of the zombie cocktail during the presentation.
The Zombie Jam Competition
The seminar will be followed by demonstrations by notable mixologists with their own variations of the infamous Zombie cocktail.
Let's see how Don's original drink recipes stack up to fresh interpretations from the contemporary masters of cocktail culture using their favorite rums and tropical ingredients. Competitors include:
Tommy Merolla - Botran Rum
Jim Hayward, amateur mixologist
Freddy Diaz, Dos Maderas Rum
Lyndon Higginson, Bacardi UK Tiki Team
Esteban Ordonez, Don Q Rum
Cricket Ann Nelson - award-winning mixologist
Guests will be asked to place a pirate coin in the bucket of the drink they enjoy most. The winner will be crowned "Zombie Master of Rum Renaissance 2011" and take home a prize worth less than one million dollars.
Dinner Show At The Mai Kai
After the Zombie cocktail demonstrations, everyone is invited to stay for a fabulous dinner and exciting Polynesian style dance and fire show at the Mai Kai. This amazing team of professional dancers and musicians will amaze and amuse you with their authentic island songs, masterful dances and displays in a high-energy, thrilling demonstration of their fascinating cultures, while dining on a great menu of delicious island specialties faithfully prepared using traditional methods.
The cost of the Zombie Jamboree two-hour seminar and drink demonstration sponsored by DonQ Puerto Rican rum, along with the Zombie Jam Competition is $25. The cost of the Polynesian fire dance show is $10.95 plus dinner.
The world-famous Mai Kai is located at 3599 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-6299.
RSVP is required for attendance at the Zombie Jamboree and dinner. Please call the Mai Kai at (954) 563-3272 to RSVP.
|The Zombie is a tiki cocktail made of fruit juices, liqueurs and various rums, so named for its perceived effects upon the drinker.
It first appeared in the 1930s soon after prohibition was repealed.
Perhaps the most infamous American cocktail of the 20th century, the Zombie was invented by Donn Beach (formerly Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gannt) of Hollywood's Don the Beachcomber restaurant.
It was popularized soon afterwards at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Beach concocted it one afternoon for a friend who had dropped by his restaurant before flying to San Francisco. The friend left after having consumed three of them. He returned several days later to complain that he had been turned into a zombie for his entire trip.
Its smooth, fruity taste works to conceal its extremely high alcoholic content.