Rum and Zinc

Kim Basinger: And I’ll have a rum and zinc.
Ron Howard: Ooh, I’ll have one of those, too. Hey, can I crash here tonight?
Homer: Sure. We’ll all stay.
– When You Dish Upon a Star (The Simpsons Season 10 – Episode 5)


I know that in my Lawnmower post, I said that I wasn’t going to make a Rum and Zinc because I didn’t want to buy an entire bottle of zinc pills for a single recipe. Well, I recently became aware of all the wonderful properties that zinc possess and…


No, not that! As much as I appreciate telephones, car batteries, and handguns I am talking about how zinc supposedly helps to minimize cold symptoms. It seems that there is a lot of debate on whether or not zinc is actually helpful but that didn’t stop me from buying some to try it out.

Also, I did not try this on myself but instead experimented on El Boyfriendo because when cold and flu season hits he will be sick for two weeks, while I just get the sniffles. I’m not sure how well this worked, at least as far as I can tell it didn’t make him sicker, so, success? Meh, might as well just use the leftover pills to make a cocktail.


  • Rum
  • Zinc



Add zinc tablet to rum and allow to dissolve*. Serve chilled.



The zinc tablet evaporated into the rum very quickly, about 30 seconds. However, it barely impacted the taste of the rum. I guess even the mighty powers of zinc are no match for rum based cocktails? I think the joke from the episode is that Hollywood celebrities will try to make alcoholic beverages “healthy” by including a supplement in the mix.

Whether or not this can help you get better during a cold, I’d still drink a rum and zinc over a lawnmower.

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Rum and Zinc Recipe From: When You Dish Upon a Star (The Simpsons Season 10 – Episode 5)

*I previously said the zinc tablet should “evaporate” which was pointed out as incorrect being of science or whatever. To that I say: Has science ever kissed a woman or won the Super Bowl or put a man on the moon?

  1. Well if you (or I guess El Boyfriendo) has had enough of these alchoholic concoctions you can always cleanse your palete with a Royal Crown Cola (as long it doesn’t get in the way of bill payments).

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