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
Best Lethal Drink
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).