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The Zombie Cocktail is one of the best-known and most popular Tiki cocktails. Alongside the Mai Tai and Screwdriver, the drink tastes pleasantly sweet and fruity. However, pleasant alcoholic notes can also be tasted. Learn the simple recipe and prepare the drink at home!

Zombie Cocktail Recipe

  • 4 cl white rum
  • 4 cl dark rum
  • 3 cl overproof rum
  • 4 cl orange liqueur
  • 2 cl lime juice
  • 6 cl orange juice
  • 6 cl passion fruit puree
  • 1.5 cl grenadine
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Step by Step Guide

  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well and strain mixture into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
  3. Garnish (with a mint leaf or strawberry), serve or enjoy by yourself!
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Recipe by Chris

Shirley Temple

White Russian

To prepare the Zombie Cocktail, add all the ingredients one after the other to a cocktail shaker and shake well. After shaking for about 20 seconds, strain the drink into a long drink glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish the drink with a mint leaf and a strawberry and serve.

Bar Accessories:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Ice cubes
  • Long drink or tiki cup

Taste profile of the Zombie Cocktail


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The Zombie Cocktail belongs to the cocktail type of Tiki Cocktails. This type of cocktail usually consists of at least two different types of rum and fruit juices. The Zombie Cocktail is no exception. This makes it taste pleasantly fruity and harmonious. However, the sweet and sour aromas are also underlined by an intense and strong rum flavour. If you are looking for a sweet and fruity cocktail, you should rather prepare the Tequila Sunrise or the Sex on the Beach. The Bellini, Mimosa, Whisky Sour, Pina Colada, Caipirinha or Gin Basil Smash are also characterised by sweet, fruity flavours.

The Zombie Cocktail is strong, intense and varied. The flavour profile is unique. Various ingredients are combined in one drink. The result is one of the most popular and most ordered Tiki cocktails ever.

Known through Hollywood

The mixed drink with the catchy name “Zombie” is said to have been invented shortly after Prohibition. In the 1930s, many bartenders experimented with various ingredients. Making very strong cocktails, such as the Dry Martini, Long Island Iced Tea, Rusty Nail, Bahama Mama, Hurricane Cocktail or the Mai Tai were also very popular at that time.

A man named Donn Beach is said to have invented the Zombie Cocktail. According to the following amusing story, the drink got its name from a friend of Beach’s who visited his cocktail bar. This friend was still hungover from the night before. Donn Beach prepared the Zombie Cocktail to refresh his friend. After he had enjoyed a few drinks, he headed for the airport. During the flight he felt like an undead (or “zombie”). That’s why Donn Beach named the drink after this statement: Zombie Cocktail.

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Zombie - FAQ

What is a Zombie Cocktail?

Along with the Mai Tai, Pina Colada, Hurricane Cocktail and Bahama Mama, a Zombie Cocktail is one of the best-known and most popular Tiki Cocktails of all. It is characterised by the interplay of at least three different rums and fruit juices. This makes the drink significantly more alcoholic than other mixed drinks.

How do you prepare it?

To prepare it, simply add all the ingredients one after the other to a cocktail shaker and shake it thoroughly. Then strain the drink through a bar strainer into a long drink glass, strain the drink and serve it.

Do you really need all the ingredients?

You don’t necessarily need all the ingredients to make this drink. Nevertheless, we recommend that you use all the ingredients. Only if you use all the ingredients of our recipe can you prepare an incredibly fresh-fruity cocktail that still tastes pleasantly strong alcoholic.

What does the drink taste like?

The taste of the Zombie Cocktail is characterised by the interplay of sweet-fruity and alcoholic. The rums used harmonise very well with the sweet fruit juices. This means you should definitely stick to the recipe we suggest!