Zombie cocktail

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The Zombie, is a cocktail made of fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums.


It first appeared in late 1934, invented by Donn Beach of Hollywood's Don the Beachcomber restaurant. It was popularised soon afterwards at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Legend has it that Donn Beach originally concocted the Zombie to help a hung-over customer get through a business meeting. The customer returned several days later to complain that he had been turned into a zombie for his entire trip. Its smooth, fruity taste works to conceal its extremely high alcoholic content.

According to the original recipe, the 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.

How to make one yourself


30ml light rum
30ml dark or Jamaican rum
30ml apricot brandy
30ml lime juice
2 dashes grenadine
Orange juice
30ml Bacardi 151 rum
Maraschino cherries
4 orange slices


•   Like real zombies, the walking dead's namesake cocktail packs a powerful punch thanks to apricot brandy and three types of rum: light, dark and high-proof Bacardi 151. Grenadine and orange juice give the drink its lovely pumpkin hue.

•   Mix the light and dark rum and brandy in a cocktail shaker, then add the lime juice and grenadine. Shake well and strain into four highball glasses filled with cracked ice.

•   Fill each glass with orange juice but leave enough room to float the 151 on top. Garnish each glass with a cherry and orange slice.