Zombie Recipe

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Vickie Parks


The Zombie was first created in 1934 as a hangover cure for a patron who claimed it made him zombie-like for days. That's how the drink was named. The Zombie gained in popularity when it was featured at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It has undergone many variations over the years, but this is the original Zombie recipe. The sweet fruits and juices tend to conceal the alcohol, so imbibe with care - takers should limit themselves to only two Zombies each. It's really quite good, but one is usually enough for me.


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5 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 1 oz
    white rum
  • 1 oz
    golden rum
  • 1 oz
    dark rum
  • 1 oz
    apricot brandy
  • 1 oz
    pineapple juice
  • 1 oz
    fresh lime juice
  • ·
    ice cubes
  • 1/2 oz
    151-proof rum
  • 1
    maraschino cherry, optional garnish
  • 1
    lime wedge, optional garnish
  • 1
    pineapple chunk, optional garnish

How to Make Zombie


  1. Place all ingredients (except the 151-proof rum) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour into a tall Collins glass. Float the 151-proof rum on top.
  2. Garnish with a cocktail skewer with the cherry, lime wedge and pineapple chunk, and serve.
  3. Proceed with caution - only two per customer (they're quite strong)!

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About Zombie

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American

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