If you’re familiar with tiki cocktails, you’ve probably heard a tale or two about the Zombie. With a reputation similar to Long Island Iced Tea, Zombies are one of the most alcoholic concoctions in the faux-tropical world. But for decades, no one except their inventor knew what was in one.
Donn Beach invented the Zombie in 1934 at his Hollywood restaurant: Donn the Beachcomber. Beach, formerly known as Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, is the father of tiki cocktail culture. He called the Zombie “a mender of broken dreams.” As he did with all his signature cocktails, which were exotically-named and crafted from various rums, liqueurs, proprietary blends, and syrups, he protected the recipe fiercely. Beach labeled unmarked bottles behind his bar numerically, then wrote recipes written in accordance with the numbers. They weren’t just complicated; they were encrypted. Not even staff knew what they were mixing.
Bartenders at Don the Beachcomber were only allowed to sling two Zombies per customer—the alcohol equivalent of seven regular drinks. Its reputation as a knock-out filled with mysterious ingredients helped put tiki culture on the map. Fans asked for the Zombie at other bars, so bartenders cobbled together hodgepodges of fruity syrups, juices, and rum (lots of rum). Everyone wanted a Zombie, but only one man knew how to make a real one.
Seven decades later, Jeff “Beach Bum” Berry finally solved the mystery. A self-described “tiki drink evangelist”, Berry spent years tracking down recipes—including a black book of encrypted recipes from Beach’s restaurant—and former Zombie slingers to reverse-engineer Beach’s drinks. Donn Beach died in 1989, but Berry keeps his recipes alive. He published the decoded Zombie recipe in his 2007 book Sippin’ Safari: In Search of the Great “Lost” Tropical Drink Recipes … and the People Behind Them.
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Whatta way to kick off our first few weeks in Southern Africa! From abandoned Ghost Towns & the tallest dunes in the world to the shores of the mighty Zambezi river & the wetlands of Bwabwata National Park. Quite frankly, this Namibian adventure has been one of the most enjoyable trips I've had over the past few years. A huge PANDU UNENE (the only bit of Okavango dialect we can remember!) to @GondwanaLodges for being such legends and helping this happen AND of course a shout out to these two for carrying my bags 🤗
Next stop for the @ThreeWheelsCo team is Botswana! 🇧🇼
📝 @framesbyjustinjames credit to this chap for the consistent puns 👌🏻
And an epic cockfight ensued. Who knew half thongs existed in the 1920s? 🙋🏻♂️ (Foreground: a statue sited on the 300 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue honoring #GeorgeMeade, a career military officer from Pennsylvania who is best known for defeating General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg. Background: Hahn/Cock, sculpture of a giant blue cockerel by the German artist #KatharinaFritsch at @ngadc) More feathery fun on Stories. #atnga#igdc#acreativedc#bythings
The Sunlight Chambers - built around the end of 1800 for the Lever Bros on the corner of Essex Quay and Parliament St. - has ceramic frieze panels running the length of the building, depicting the story of hygiene and acting as advertisement.
Sunlight was a brand of soap made by Lever Brothers and the frieze shows the Lever Brothers’ view of the world: men made clothes dirty, women washed them (here's just a detail of the panels above the front door, I'll add more pics in the next days to show the recurring scenes of men working the fields and women doing the laundry). At the time it was built the Sunlight Chambers was called“one of the ugliest buildings in Ireland” by The Irish Builder.
Personally I've always found it fascinating, until I've discovered the dark history of its owners. Adam Hoschild in his book 'Lord Leverhulme’s Ghosts: Colonial Exploitation In The Congo' wrote: ‘Lever set up a private kingdom reliant on the horrific Belgian system of forced labour, a program that reduced the population of Congo by half and accounted for more deaths than the Nazi holocaust.’
I don’t like shopping centres🤬🛍
...but this was different😱 #TraffordCentre was so architecturally cool, grand and spacious that I was so impressed to even decide to post it here and not just on my @shiftedview account I usually post my archi ramblings and finds😉
Slapped my widest 12mm zero distortion Venus Optics Laowa lens on the Nikon D850 and the combo delivered this archi space banger💥
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What better day than Valentine’s Day to feature The Pink House in Charleston? The Pink House is one of the oldest homes in South Carolina, and the second oldest in Charleston. The date of the home is somewhat in question, but is generally agreed to be between 1694 and 1712. It is made of pinkish Bermuda stone (💗💗💗!) and has a tile gambrel roof dating to the 18th century. The building has served a number of functions, from residence to tavern to studio, and today it houses an art gallery. It is in Charleston’s French Quarter (I always thought the only French Quarter was in New Orleans 😂) at 17 Chalmers Street. It’s a must see if you’re in Charleston! 📸 taken on our 2015 trip. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! 💕💘💕 #Charleston#thepinkhouse#thefrontdoorproject
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Woolwich Town Hall is one of London’s hidden gems. Built in 1903, it’s a beautiful example of Edwardian Baroque architecture, and is open to the public. Stained-glass windows throughout the building depict historic events and portraits. Photo regrammed from Londoner and photographer @jesstudd
The Boim Chapel is a very unique monument located in Lviv and was constructed in 17th century by the order of Georgiy Boim,as a family chapel. It’s one the most beautiful places I’ve seen. There’re so many small details and stone carvings both inside and outside. #lviv#atlasobscura
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Don’t sleep on the South East Side.
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