While I was cleaning out my giant tubs of office junk, I ran across a recipe for sparkling margaritas that a friend had e-mailed to me in 2000. My sister makes a similar recipe and they're really good.
12 oz. can of frozen limeade
1 bottle Corona beer
12 oz. 7-Up
12 oz. tequila (the good stuff - don't cheap out)
Combine the limeade and tequila in a blender and blend just long enough to smooth out any frozen chunks. Pour in the beer and 7-Up and give it a light stirring on the lowest blender setting - not so much that you take out the fizz. Serve your guests and starting thinking ahead to the next batch.
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At the next edition of my drinking-oriented book club, we're reading "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (yeah, yeah, I've already read it) and I decided I'll be making zombies for us to drink.
Naturally I couldn't make just *any* recipe for zombies, so I searched for the Trader Vic's version and here's what I found at the WikiTender:
"Bartender's Guide," by Trader Vic, 1947
1 oz. Jamaican rum
2 oz. Puerto Rican rum
1/2 oz. 151 Demerara rum
1 oz. orange Curaçao
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine
1 dash Pernod
Mix in a mixing glass with a large piece of ice; stir well and pour over cracked ice in a 14 oz. chimney glass. Serve with straw.
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If you follow the link above, you'll find some significantly different variations and it's possible that I'll end up choosing something else depending on availability of ingredients. Still, it's interesting to find out what exactly people were drinking in those big tiki mugs at the Kona Kai restaurant when I was a kid.