Zombie is a cocktail that contains a mix of various rums, fruit juices, and syrups. It is famously known for its high alcohol content and its ability to leave its consumers feeling “undead”.

Zombie recipe

  • 45 ml Jamaican dark rum
  • 45 ml Puerto Rican gold rum
  • 30 ml 151 Demerara rum
  • 20 ml fresh lime juice
  • 15 ml falernum
  • 15 ml Donn’s Mix (2 parts fresh white grapefruit juice and 1 part cinnamon syrup)
  • 1 tsp Grenadine syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 6 drops Pernod

Mix ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake. Pour into a tall tumbler glass.

Directions for how to make the Zombie

Steps to Make a Zombie Drink

  1. Combine 45 ml Jamaican dark rum, 45 ml Puerto Rican gold rum, and 30 ml 151 Demerara rum in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add 20 ml fresh lime juice, 15 ml falernum, and 15 ml Donn’s Mix (2 parts fresh white grapefruit juice and 1 part cinnamon syrup) to the shaker.
  3. Add 1 tsp Grenadine syrup, 1 dash of Angostura bitters, and 6 drops of Pernod to the shaker.
  4. Fill the shaker with crushed ice and shake well.
  5. Strain the mixture into a tall tumbler glass.
  6. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange.
  7. Serve and enjoy the zombie drink in a zombie glass.

Tips for how to make the perfect Zombie

  • 1 oz dark rum, 1 oz white rum, ½ oz apricot liqueur, ½ oz lime juice, ½ oz pineapple juice, ½ oz passion fruit syrup, 1 tsp grenadine, and a dash of Angostura bitters.
  • Top with crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint, cherry, and pineapple.
  • Make sure to use a good quality rum for a smooth finish.
  • Adjust sweetness level by adding or reducing the amount of syrup or grenadine.
  • For a spicier kick, add a few drops of hot sauce or a slice of fresh ginger.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Zombie

An alcohol-free alternative to the drink Zombie can be a mocktail that has a similar fruity taste but without the rum. Here’s one recipe for a non-alcoholic Zombie mocktail:


  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz passion fruit syrup
  • 1 oz grenadine syrup
  • 1 oz coconut cream
  • Sprite or soda water


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, grenadine syrup, and coconut cream.
  3. Shake well until ingredients are mixed properly.
  4. Pour mixture into a tall glass.
  5. Top off with Sprite or soda water.
  6. Garnish with a mint sprig and a cherry.
  7. Serve and enjoy your Zombie mocktail!

Zombie fun facts

  1. The Zombie cocktail was created in the 1930s by Donn Beach, also known as Don the Beachcomber, who was a pioneer of tropical-themed restaurants and bars.
  2. The cocktail was designed to be strong and potent, with multiple types of rum, fruit juices, and a splash of absinthe. In fact, it was reportedly so strong that Donn Beach would only serve two per customer.
  3. The name “Zombie” allegedly comes from the fact that after drinking one, you would feel like a zombie - disoriented and stumbling around.
  4. The original recipe for the Zombie was lost for many years, but was eventually discovered in a notebook from the 1930s.
  5. The Zombie has become a popular drink in tiki culture and is often served in fun, kitschy mugs shaped like skulls or tropical fruits.