Coming Soon: Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde

Publishing on October 8, 2013 via is my new ebook, Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde: Recipes for the World’s Most Lethal

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Here is what Tiki legend Sven Kirsten had to say about it:

“Good (Tiki) god! I had no idea there are so many new
versions of this potion out there — and most by reputable bartenders. A good
thing that someone collected them all, or else there would have to be a
mid-21st century Jeff Berry (a “Son of the Beachbum”?) to dig all
THOSE up! Zombie Horde will give the
drink a whole new level of recognition. The Zombie is ALIVE!”

–Sven Kirsten, author of The Book of Tiki and father of the modern Tiki revival

And here is the complete description:

One of the world’s most sublime drinking pleasures, the
Zombie is the cocktail that launched a thousand Tiki bars. A sweet and sour mélange
of citrus, spice, and lots of rum, the Zombie stands as one of the most
significant cocktail creations of the past century. Invented by Don the
Beachcomber in 1934, it took the world by storm, and soon became the
quintessential Tiki drink. Often imitated but never duplicated, the Zombie
appeared on the menu of thousands of bars and restaurants around the world.

In this debut book by David J. Montgomery, Professor
Cocktail leads you on a journey through the history of the Zombie, starting with
its humble beginnings in Hollywood, and following it as it evolved and spread over
the decades.

Zombie Horde
includes recipes from notable bartenders like Trader Vic, David Embury, Salvatore
Calabrese, and Dale DeGroff, as well as the formulas for the Zombies served at
famous Tiki joints like the Tonga Room in San Francisco, Mahiki in London, and
the Luau Room in San Diego. It also includes recent cocktails that were
inspired by the Zombie, with offerings from Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove), Brian
Miller (Death & Company), Allan Katz (Caña Rum Bar), Brian Dressel (Midnight Cowboy), Frank Cisneros (Bourgeois
Pig Brooklyn), Joseph Swifka (La Descarga), and
Audrey Saunders (Pegu Club).

To top it all off, Zombie Horde showcases three brand-new
drinks — from Jim Meehan (PDT), Tom Brown (Hogo), and Jeff Kinder (Distil) — that are appearing in print for the very first time.

About the Author

David J. Montgomery mixes his love of
history and alcohol into one potent concoction through his work at He is also a nationally renowned book
critic and commentator on writing and the publishing industry. Mr. Montgomery
is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago
and The Daily Beast,
and has written for USA Today, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other fine
publications. His short fiction has appeared both online and in print. A former
Professor of History, he lives in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with his wife
and two daughters.

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