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Best of New York 2011 • Fun

Best Lethal Drink

  • Painkiller

    49 Essex St., nr. Grand St.; 212-777-8454

    Invented in Hollywood by Donn the Beachcomber in 1934, the Zombie has made a monstrous comeback as the strongest of the self-dubbed “Strong” drinks at Lower East Side tiki bar Painkiller. The $16 mix of Puerto Rican and Jamaican rums, 151 Demerara, and dustings of Pernod’s fairy-green absinthe packs in four ounces of booze—or what you’ll find in three daiquiris. Even co-owner Giuseppe Gonzalez, who weighs around 230 pounds and has the alcohol tolerance of a professional barman, feels tipsy after one glass. He limits himself, and others who order it, to a single round.

    See Also: The Cocktail Menu at Painkiller

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