WaalFlower Kitchen & Cocktails
Waalflower Kitchen & Cocktails is a restaurant located within the hundred year-old De Waal building in the heart of Bridgeland. We focus on sustainable and local ingredients to create inviting, community inspired eats and cocktails. Our cocktail menu pairs classic cocktails with modern mixology, offering light and uplifting creations. Our bartenders study and then carefully blend spirits to create a third dimension that enables every cocktail on our list to explode with complexity and exceed all expectations.
On the corner of Meredith and 4th in Bridgeland
24 4 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3R7
|Tues-Thurs||4:00pm - 9:00pm|
|Friday & Saturday||4:00pm - 10:00pm|
|Sunday & Monday||Closed|
Kitchen + Cocktails
Zombie (Original 1934)
Jamaican, Demerara & over-proof rum, Absinthe, house made Falernum syrup, grenadine, angostura bitters, pink grapefruit juice. Garnished with fire!
Legend has it that Don Beach originally concocted the Zombie to help a hungover customer get through a business meeting. The customer returned several days later to complain that he had been turned into a zombie for his entire trip. Its smooth, fruity taste works to conceal its extremely high alcoholic content. Don the Beachcomber restaurants limit their customers to two Zombies apiece. According to the original recipe, the Zombie cocktail included three different kinds of rum, lime juice, falernum, Angostura bitters, Pernod, grenadine, and "Don's Mix", a combination of cinnamon syrup and grapefruit juice.
Beach was very cautious with the recipes of his original cocktails. His instructions for his bartenders contained coded references to ingredients, the contents of which were only known to him. Beach's original recipes for the Zombie and other Tiki drinks have been published in Sippin' Safari by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Berry researched the origins of many Tiki cocktails, interviewing bartenders from Don the Beachcomber's and other original Tiki places and digging up other original sources. Mostly notably, Sippin' Safari details Beach's development of the Zombie with three different recipes dating from 1934 to 1956.
Due to the popularity of the cocktail during the Tiki craze and the fact that Beach both kept his recipe secret and occasionally altered it, today there are many variations of the Zombie made at many restaurants and bars, some showing few similarities to the original cocktail. Ours is as close to the high quality and complex layers of flavours found on the original drink from 1934 and served in a traditionally kitsch tiki mug. The Zombie was occasionally served heated (a drink more commonly known today as the I.B.A. Hot Zombie).