Award-Winning Catering Service

Bespoke Cocktail Experience

Zombie Cocktail

Zombie cocktail served in a tiki mug

Zombie Cocktail

The zombie is a famous tropical cocktail to enjoy at the bar. The Barman Donn Beach created this cocktail in 1933 to serve at the fun-loving Hollywood bar in California. This summertime cocktail making is a mix of rum and fruit juices, including passion fruit.

In the initial stage, Donn kept the recipe secret. So, his bar started getting more popular than the others. Though many bars tried to copy ingredients and produced a cocktail version, no one came close to the original one.

The taste of this cocktail is fascinating, and it is easy to make. Donn Beach had simplified the recipe so that it could even be made at home easily. So, let’s dive into the procedures to make a perfect zombie cocktail.


  • Dark rum  – 25ml
  • Light rum – 25ml
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice, from 1 large lime
  • Unsweetened pineapple juice – 25ml
  • Passion fruit syrup – 20ml
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Absinthe – 2 dashes
  • Grapefruit Juice – 25ml
  • Overproof Rum 10ml (float)
  • Garnish: Mint sprig

Equipment needed:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Chopping Board and Knife
  • Hurricane glass, Tiki Mug, or any Highball glass

Steps to make perfect Zombie Cocktail:-

1. Gather all the ingredients mentioned above and measure them as directed.

2. Take a cocktail shaker, pour light and dark rums, passion fruit syrup, grapefruit juice, pineapple and citrus juices, and bitters. Fill the shaker with ice. and start shaking for about 10 seconds.

3. Pour the cocktail using the strainer into a hurricane glass or tiki mug and garnish it with a mint sprig.

homemade zombie cocktail made in a highball glass


Apart from the original zombie cocktail, people started trying to make different variations, and here we will show you three variations that deserve testing. A good mixologists would know also some of the variations.

1. Berry’s book advised using 1 tablespoon brown sugar. The brown sugar should be dissolved in the lime juice before other ingredients. Although Berry didn’t mention to shake the drink well, it’s always recommended to shake well. So, the cocktail will not be overly diluted.

2. Dale Degroff’s recipe is also a popular one. To make the cocktail you need,

  • 25ml light rum
  • 25ml dark rum
  • 50ml of passion fruit puree or syrup and orange juice
  • Orange curacao
  • 15ml each of fresh lemon and lime juices
  • Two dashes of aromatic bitters
  • 5ml of grenadine

The procedures to make the perfect cocktail with Dale’s recipe are the same as we mentioned above. You just need some extra different ingredients to do it.

3. Gary Regan stated his recipe in the book “ The Joy of Mixology.” His zombie recipe is as follows

  • 2 ounces Anejo rum
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 0.25 ounces apricot brandy
  • 0.5 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 0.75 ounces pineapple juice
  • 0.25 ounce proof rum
  • Dash angostura bitters to taste

When to serve a zombie:-

The zombie cocktail can be served in many different ways to make your moment more enjoyable. Here are some-

  • Summer drink
  • Party drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Cocktail hour drink

exotic zombie recipe made in a bar


1. Who created the Zombie cocktail?

=> Donn Beach had created the zombie cocktail in 1934 at his Hollywood restaurant called the Beachcomber. He invented this cocktail for a business meeting for his customer. The customer repined that the drink was so strong, and it turned him into a zombie. From there, Beach got the idea of naming it.

Though it’s proven that Donn Beach invented this cocktail, many people tried to steal the credit. They demanded it to be their recipe, and they are the inventor. But with the passing time, the truth was proven because the main recipe was with Beach, and no one could steal that.

2. What is the difference between zombie and zombie punch?

While Berry was researching about the zombie cocktail, he found that the original zombie cocktail name was zombie punch. The original zombie punch recipe includes anise liquor, cinnamon syrup, grenadine, and falernum.

3. How strong is the zombie cocktail?

=>  The zombie cocktail is undoubtedly potent. Beach used to limit two zombie cocktails to each customer because he was aware of the potency. So, don’t take too much to avoid being a zombie. Another halloween cocktail to try, would be a brain hemorrhage shot

Are you ready to party? Call us now, we'll make you happy right away!

Make sure you’ll have the most amazing cocktails with our Mobile bars, Private bartenders and Mixologists hire packages

Join our newsletters

Receive offers and news on our latest blogs.

Related Posts

Spin and Shake Local services