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”.
- 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
- Combine 45 ml Jamaican dark rum, 45 ml Puerto Rican gold rum, and 30 ml 151 Demerara rum in a cocktail shaker.
- 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.
- Add 1 tsp Grenadine syrup, 1 dash of Angostura bitters, and 6 drops of Pernod to the shaker.
- Fill the shaker with crushed ice and shake well.
- Strain the mixture into a tall tumbler glass.
- Garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange.
- 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
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Add pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, grenadine syrup, and coconut cream.
- Shake well until ingredients are mixed properly.
- Pour mixture into a tall glass.
- Top off with Sprite or soda water.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and a cherry.
- Serve and enjoy your Zombie mocktail!
Zombie fun facts
- 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.
- 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.
- The name “Zombie” allegedly comes from the fact that after drinking one, you would feel like a zombie - disoriented and stumbling around.
- The original recipe for the Zombie was lost for many years, but was eventually discovered in a notebook from the 1930s.
- The Zombie has become a popular drink in tiki culture and is often served in fun, kitschy mugs shaped like skulls or tropical fruits.