Creepy Cocktails: Classic Zombie Cocktail Recipe

Classic Zombie Cocktail Recipe — It doesn’t have to be Halloween to whip up a classic zombie cocktail recipe, but it does make for an easy, creepy Halloween recipe…

a hand holding a zombie glass with garnishes

If I could sum up this tiki cocktail in one phrase, it would be “not too creepy, not too sweet”.

This classic zombie recipe is perfect for those of you looking for something slightly daring for your Halloween party, but aren’t necessarily going crazy with the dry ice over your bar setup the entire night.

Though I think I can speak for both Robin and I when I say we’d give you serious kudos if you did!

I feel that I should warn you that this cocktail is not for the faint of heart when it comes to a tolerance level, it definitely packs a punch!…

Creepy cocktails: The classic zombie - sugar and cloth

What is a Zombie Cocktail

This tropical drink is a classic cocktail in the tiki culture. It’s made from fruit juices, liqueurs, and various rums.

The original zombie drink was made famous by Donn Beach. 

He served this heavy-handed cocktail at his restaurant, Hollywood Don the Beachcomber. It became wildly popular in 1939 after making waves at New York World’s Fair. 

They even make a tall glass jsut for this tiki classic, called a “zombie glass“!

Creepy cocktails: The classic zombie - sugar and cloth

Ingredients for a Tiki Zombie Cocktail Recipe

There are several variations on the classic zombie cocktail recipe.

You can’t go wrong with any of them. But there are definitely certain ingredients that help make our recipe memorable!

These are our tried and true zombie drink ingredients —

  • Gold rum
  • Aged Jamaican rum
  • Overproof 151 dark rum
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh grapefruit juice
  • Cinnamon syrup
  • Falernum liqueur
  • Grenadine — Pomegranate syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • Absinthe
  • Optional: Fresh mint — For garnishing 

You can also customize this ingredient list by using other fruit juices like orange juice or pineapple juice. 

Creepy cocktails: The classic zombie - sugar and cloth

How to Make a Classic Zombie Tiki Drink

The classic zombie cocktail is served over ice, but you can also make it even more refreshing by blending it over ice!

To make the classic version, simply mix all of the ingredients together, add ice, and shake. 

Then pour the cocktail in a tall zombie glass filled with ice and garnish with cinnamon sticks, mint sprig, and a cherry.

Creepy cocktails: The classic zombie - sugar and cloth

For a blended zombie cocktail, measure the ingredients and combine them in a blender with 6oz crushed ice.

Blend for 3-5 seconds until slushy. Pour into a Zombie glass and add more crushed ice to fill, if necessary.

Then garnish your tiki cocktail with fresh mint, cinnamon sticks, and a cherry.

Creepy cocktails: The classic zombie - sugar and cloth

If you’re a Jeff Beachbum Berry fan, you’re probably familiar with a few other classic tiki drinks like our Shrunken Skull Halloween punch recipe, too!

And a big thanks to Robin again for being our go-to cocktail connoisseur for this Zombie cocktail recipe!


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 Classic Zombie Tiki Drink

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Zombie Cocktail Tiki Drink Recipe

Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote
This zombie cocktail is a tiki culture favorite, and it packs a heavy punch too!
Total Time5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine tiki


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Blender (optional)
  • Tall Zombie glass


  • 1.5 oz gold rum
  • 1.5 oz aged Jamaican rum
  • 1 oz overproof 151 dark rum
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1/2 oz falernum liqueur
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 bar spoon absinthe
  • Fresh mint and cinnamon sticks for garnishing optional


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 4mg
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 365kcal


To Make A Classic Zombie Cocktail Over Ice:

  • Simply mix all of the ingredients together in cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. 
  • Pour the cocktail in a tall Zombie glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with cinnamon sticks, mint sprig and a cherry.

To Make A Zombie Cocktail Over Blended Ice

  • Measure the ingredients and combine them in a blender with 6oz crushed ice. Blend for 3-5 seconds until slushy
  • Pour into a tall Zombie glass and add more crushed ice to fill (if necessary).
  • Garnish your tiki cocktail with fresh mint, cinnamon sticks and a cherry.
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