Author Mimi Sebastian has found a couple of classic cocktails reminiscent of her character Adam from The Necromancer’s Seduction. If any character in her book would need a nice stiff drink, it’s Adam!
One of the main characters in The Necromancer’s Seduction is Adam, the revenant. He is basically a zombie with his soul restored. Revenants come alive with their minds and emotions intact and can be powerful and, of course, struggle with an insatiable appetite for flesh. The best part with Adam was exploring how he dealt with returning to life, and realizing he was now a nightmarish creature. He needs a good drink.
I came across a couple of fun drinks relevant to Adam’s predicament. The first one, simply named, the Zombie, is likely to turn the drinker into a zombie, due to its high alcohol content at least until the hangover goes away. The Zombie has been referenced quite a bit in popular culture. In a Gilligan’s Island episode titled, “Voodoo”, a witchdoctor turns the Professor into a zombie. When the crew sets off to rescue him, Mr. Howell adds, “Bring a couple of tall glasses!”
Ingredients for the Zombie:
- 3/4 ounce Light Rum
- 3/4 ounce Gold Rum
- 3/4 ounce Dark Rum
- 3/4 ounce Apricot Brandy
- 3/4 ounce Pineapple Juice
- 3/4 ounce Papaya Juice
- 2 tsp Classic Grenadine
Combine all ingredients, except for 151, in a mixing glass. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a tall tumbler filled with ice and float 151 proof rum. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple.
Ummm. Lots of rum in that one. Maybe something the pirate zombies from Pirates of the Caribbean might enjoy.
The next drink, Death in the Afternoon, was invented by Ernest Hemingway and is also sometimes called the Hemingway Champagne. My undead enjoy this drink because it includes absinthe, which in itself, is a spirit that enjoys a rich tradition in the paranormal. Absinthe has often been portrayed as a dangerous psychoactive drug. Even if you didn’t actually become a zombie, you probably imagined yourself one. In reality, absinthe isn’t much more potent than regular spirits, and was probably maligned because in the 1800s, it was mixed with poisonous adulterants.
Absinthe is featured in the Anne Rice vampire books, the movie From Hell about Jack the Ripper, and in Bram Stoker’s Dracula as a key ingredient in Count Dracula’s seduction of Mina Harker, in which Dracula describes absinthe as the aphrodisiac of the soul.
Death in the Afternoon is a simple drink, needing only 5 ounces of well chilled champagne or sparkling wine and one ounce of absinthe, but enough to turn the day time reveler into a zombie.
I like Hemingway’s instructions on making the drink:
Pour one jigger absinthe into a Champagne glass. Add iced Champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.
Yes, drink three to five of these slowly…Oh, Hemingway, how we love you. If I dared such a drink, one would suffice, thank you.
I haven’t tried either, yet. Maybe when I’m done writing my Necromancer Books, I’ll celebrate with a Zombie or Death in the Afternoon and escape into oblivion until the next book is due.
About The Necromancer’s Seduction (The Necromancer Series #1)
She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing.
For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and that revenants have nasty minds of their own.
Now demonic creatures have escaped into the human world, and zombies once again walk the streets. For humanity’s sake, Ruby forms an unlikely alliance with a witch, a zombie, and Ewan March, a demon warrior who sets her senses on fire.
She’s always distrusted demons and Ewan is no exception, but circumstances push them closer together, and Ruby not only finds it harder to resist him, she isn’t sure she even wants to. But she suspects his job of patrolling the portal separating humans and demons conceals a dark and deadly past that may consume them both.
With events spiraling out of control, Ruby unravels a plot that not only threatens the human and demon realms, but puts Ruby’s very soul in jeopardy. Because when the dead walk, no one is safe. Especially Ruby.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
About the Author
Noemi Ghirghi writes as Mimi Sebastian and raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and Scooby Doo. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in the mix, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuts July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.
Noemi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tid-bits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Noemi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.
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