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Passion Fruit Zombie #FreakyFruitsFriday #Sponsored

By Sue Lau @zzazzazza

The dead have put the squeeze on exotic passion fruit to make their favorite undead drink: the passion fruit zombie.

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Passion Fruit Zombie

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Today my recipe of the day is for a Passion Fruit Zombie cocktail as part of a sponsored event for #FreakyFruitsFriday, spearheaded by Camilla Mann and sponsored by Melissa's Produce with the Festive Foodies blogging group. A huge thank you to Melissa's for providing a spectacular fruit box for the bloggers to play with and create. We had a lot of fun here!

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Those were the Days, My Friend!

The days, that is, of Tom Hsu's Hunan Cafe on Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, which was a hot spot for awhile before he sold it and opened Hunan Star out in west county, which still operates today.

We would order lots of tiki drinks there and share the ones served in large bowls with straws for 2-4 people. The blends of tropical juices, rums, and other flavors were somewhat exotic and playful. And they certainly made the wait to be seated at a table for dinner a lot more bearable! After that, we'd gorge ourselves on his dim sum. Does anyone out there remember this place?

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This particular drink is a riff on the original 1934 Donn Beach (Don the Beachcomber) version, the one that gets credit for starting the whole Tiki craze, in this case made using fresh passion fruit juice. If you've never tried fresh passion fruit juice, be warned - it's very tart! But blended with sweeter juices and flavored syrups, it adds a distinctive and refreshing character to the drink.

My husband is very much into tiki and collects a lot of books on the subject as well as tons of tiki glasses. He is very up on the subject of Don the Beachcomber and told me quite a bit about him.

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One of the syrups used in this is called falernum, which is a mix of lime, ginger, almond, and spices that makes appearances in a number of Tiki drinks. If you can't find it in your local liquor store's mixers and flavored syrups, there are several brands that can be ordered online. The amount used is small, but it's an essential ingredient in the drink. I have an affiliate link to some if you need it (bottom of page).

Just remember - too many of these, and you may find yourself staggering around and moaning, just like a zombie.

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*Disclosure: I received complimentary product from the sponsor for use in recipe development, however, I have received no additional compensation for my post. All opinions are my own.


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