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How To Make A Zombie Cocktail Recipe

If you are looking for a drink that will make you “time travel” to the next morning then the Zombie Cocktail is just right. This version of the extreme cocktail uses three different types of rum along with several other key ingredients and garnishes. If you plan on making this drink, just make sure to cancel any important plans for the rest of the night because you are sure to forget about them anyway!

Here’s What You’re Going To Need


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Jigger
  • Teaspoon
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  • Rum
  • Don’s mix
  • Velvet falernum
  • Absinthe
  • Lime Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Angostura bitters
  • Mint sprig garnish

Zombie Cocktail Drink Recipe

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Zombie Cocktail

The Zombie Cocktail is a very complex and hard-hitting drink. It uses over ten different ingredients which altogether, creates a masterpiece. This is the type of cocktail that will put hair on a boy's chest.
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, caribbean
Keyword: zombie cocktail, zombie drink, zombie ingredients, zombie recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 336kcal
Cost: $7


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Jigger
  • Teaspoon


  • 1.5 oz Gold Puerto Rico Rum
  • 1.5 oz Jamaican Rum
  • 1 oz Lemon Hart 151 Rum
  • .5 oz Velvet Falernum
  • .5 oz Don's Mix (check further below on what this is and how to make it)
  • 6 drops Absinthe (can substitute for Pastis)
  • .75 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Grenadine
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • Mint Sprig Garnish


  • Add your gold rum, jamaican rum, lemon hart rum, lime juice, angostura bitters, don's mix, velvet falernum, absinthe, and grenadine to the shaker with crushed ice and shake.
    a bartender is pouring ice into a shaker over top of a table
  • Strain the drink over a tall glass.
  • add ice cubes to the drink.
  • Place your mint garnish on top of the ice.
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  • Sip slowly and enjoy your Zombie Cocktail!
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Here is how you make the Don’s mix!
Cinnamon syrup:
  • Mix 250 g of white sugar with 250 g of warm water.
  • Add 3 sticks of ceylon cinnamon and let it simmer for four minutes.
  • Take off heat and let sit 24 hours, after that strain the elixir.
Finishing off:
  • To make it ‘Don’s mix’, you add two parts grapefruit juice to one part cinnamon syrup.
  • You can use white grapefruit juice or ruby red grapefruit juice, its up to you.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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History Of The Zombie Cocktail

The history of the Zombie Cocktail is definitely one that leaves a lot of historians puzzled. Due to the many ingredients in this beverage, many variations of it have come up over the years.

The one creator that keeps popping up is Donn beach, a restaurant owner in the mid-1930s. Donn apparently created this cocktail for a hungover customer who had to attend a business meeting. A few days later that customer came back to Donn’s restaurant and told him that the cocktail turned him into a zombie for a few days. Due to the many non-alcoholic ingredients in the cocktail, it masks the amount of actual rum in the drink.

Over the years following the Zombie’s first appearance, people began to try and re-make it and claim it as their own creation. So Mr. Beach had to classify ingredients in the cocktail as something other than what they really were so that employees that worked for Donn wouldn’t publicize or tell their friends how it was made.

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Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

Is there a different type of rum I can use?

Yes, you can use any type of rum although if you switch it then you are no longer making a true zombie cocktail.

Where can I get all the ingredients?

The ingredients for this cocktail may be hard to find, but most large grocery stores should sell them.

My Zombie is too sugary for me, what can I do?

There isn’t much you can do about his other than try and find zero-sugar versions of the ingredients.

Zombie Cocktail Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total.

Some Other Ways To Make The Zombie Cocktail

This version of the Zombie Cocktail uses different types of rum than we mentioned, as well as, Herbstura instead of Angostura Bitters.

In this version of the Zombie, the bartender uses Pineapple Juice instead of some of the original juices. This is a more simplified version for those with not all the ingredients.

This video goes more in-depth about the origins of the cocktail, as well as a unique version of it, enjoy!

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