Zombie Recipe

Bacardi 151 Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Apricot Brandy, Sugar, Light Rum, Dark Rum, Lime Juice

The Zombie is a tropical drink that was reportedly concocted by legendary tiki proprietor Don the Beachcomber in the late 1930s as a hangover cure. In reality, it's probably created a lot more hangovers than it's cured, considering most recipes include a full four ounces of rum (one of which is 151 proof).

The classic Donn Beach Zombie recipe uses something known as "Donn's Mix," which is basically just a blend of cinnamon simple syrup and grapefruit juice. To make it, heat 0.5 cup water, 0.5 cup sugar, and two crushed cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan. Once it has cooled completely, combine the syrup with 2 cups fresh grapefruit juice.

The Zombie is a cocktail that should probably come with a warning label: we rarely recommend having more than one, and three is getting into alcohol poisoning territory. So, all joking aside, take it easy on this one.

Zombie Ingredients

1.5 oz dark rum
1.5 oz gold rum
1 oz 151 rum
0.5 oz falernum
0.5 oz Donn’s mix (see recipe description)
1 barspoon grenadine
Dash Herbsaint or Pernod
Dash Angostura bitters
Mint sprig for garnish

How to make a Zombie

  1. Add all ingredients except 151 and garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Alternatively, you can blend everything in a blender with a cup of ice to make this a frozen drink.
  2. Strain into a Highball glass or Hurricane glass over fresh ice.
  3. Float the 151 rum on top by pouring over a spoon.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of clapped mint and serve.
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