Zombie cocktail

The Zombie was invented by Donn Beach, of Hollywood’s Don the Beachcomber restaurants, in the late 1930s. This vintage cocktail is called Zombie because that’s what it can turn its drinker into.

Zombie cocktail recipe with lots of rum and tropical fruit flavors.

It’s a high-octane cocktail full of delicious fruit juices that make you feel like you’re downing sophisticated candy. But that deliciousness hides quite a lot of liquor. There are several variations on this cocktail. This version is more or less the classic.

Zombie cocktail recipe with lots of rum and tropical fruit flavors.


  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1 ounce golden rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce papaya juice
  • ½ ounce 151-proof rum
  • Dash of grenadine

Shake all the ingredients except for the 151-proof rum together in a shaker. Pour the mixture into a glass (this one just calls out for a funky-shaped glass). Pour the 151-proof rum on the top of the drink. You can definitely light your Zombie on fire at this point if you want. Garnish with a cherry, a slice of pineapple, an orange slice, all of the above, or pretty much whatever fruit you feel like.


Other recipes for the Zombie vary the ingredients ratios, but also include or replace ingredients others, such as:

  • Lime juice – makes it nice and tart
  • Orange juice
  • Sweet and sour
  • Triple Sec
  • Cherry or almond liqueur

You’re encouraged to tinker with your Zombie recipe and find precisely what you like.

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