Zombie Cocktail Recipe
The Zombie Cocktail is a dangerously delicious fruity, rum-filled, boozy concoction from the original Tiki cocktail scene.
The Zombie is a cocktail made with a variety of fruit juice, liqueurs, brandy, and various rums.
The Original Tiki Bar Cocktail
The early days of the Tiki Cocktail scene were lead by Donn Beach of Hollywood’s Don The Beachcomber Restaurant and Vic Bergeron of Trader Vics. The Tiki cocktail scene was highly competitive and the ingredients and recipes for these tropical-inspired concoctions were well-guarded secrets.
According to Wikipedia, the original recipe the for Zombie cocktail included three different kinds of rum, lime juice, falernum, Angostura bitters, Pernod, grenadine, and “Don’s Mix”, a combination of cinnamon syrup and grapefruit juice. This recipe was published along with Donn Beach’s other cocktail recipes by Jeff Berry, in 2007 in the book Sippin’ Safari. Check out his Tiki Bar Blog – love it!
My recipe is modified from the original, but I do use what’s referred to as “Donn’s Mix”. I highly recommend making “Donn’s Mix”. It’s awesome in a number of cocktails.
Zombie Classic Tiki Bar Cocktail
The Zombie Cocktail is the original cocktail that kicked-off the Tike craze. The Zombie is a boozy cocktail filled with fruit juice, run, and other liqueurs. Don't be fooled by this innocent tasting cocktail, this is filled with rum and packs a punch that could render the drinker a "zombie".
A Zombie should be served in a tall glass over ice and garnished with a green and red maraschino cherries and a slice of orange. It should be served with a straw.
- 3/4 oz lime juice fresh squeezed
- 1 T passionfruit juice
- 1/2 oz Falernum
- 1 T Grenadine
- 1/2 oz Donn's mix*
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 2 oz dark rum
- 1 oz Jamaican rum
- 1 oz 151 proof rum
- 1 green maraschino cherry
- 1 red maraschino cherry
- 1 slice of orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks crushed
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cups grapefruit juice fresh squeezed
In a tall cocktail glass filled with crushed ice add each ingredient except the 151 rum in order.
Float the 151 rum by pouring it over a bar spoon or regular spoon.
Garnish with a red and green Maraschino cherry and an orange slice.
Serve and drink with a straw.
Falernum – is a liqueur made with white rum infused with spices and lime juice. It is used in a lot of the Tiki Bar cocktails and can be difficult to find here is a homemade Falernum recipe that works well. Or buy it online from Latitude 29, this is clean crisp syrup without alcohol. Perfect for all your Tiki drinks.
Many Zombie recipes call for this to be blended and served frozen, I'm not a fan. The flavors are better defined over crushed ice, but it's a personal preference.
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