How to make Zombie

Zombie -1939

Created by Donn the Beachcomber, the Zombie was first served at the 1939 World’s Fair at the Hurricane Bar.

The original recipe was never published, so this drink has some variations, but here is one discovered by Gary Regan, the author of Joy of Mixology.

Zombie is still one of the most popular Tiki drinks, it has many variations, and I’ve seen it made with all kinds of tropical juices, with and without the 151 proof rum. With the amount of alcohol in this recipe is better to have only one, unless you want to feel like Zombie in the morning.

Yield: 1


How to make Zombie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 2 oz aged amber rum
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • ¼ oz apricot brandy
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz pineapple juice
  • ¼ oz 151-proof rum
  • Angostura bitters


  1. Shake all the ingredients together.
  2. Strain into 14 oz ice-filled zombie glass.
  3. Garnish with cherry and mint sprig dusted with Custer sugar,
  4. optional - pineapple, orange slices.

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