Zombie Cocktail Recipe

The Zombie was created in the 1930’s by Donn Beach AKA Don the Beachcomber. As with many tiki drinks, the Zombie is not short on flavor, rum, and recipe variations.

Don was so protective over his recipes, that he wrote them in code- even his bartenders didn’t entirely know his formulations. He would premix elements and number the bottles, so a bartender may add a 1/2 oz. of “Don’s Mix Number 4” instead of the individual ingredients. While many of his recipes disappeared with his passing in 1989, bartenders, mixologists, and cocktail enthusiasts haven’t stopped attempts to crack the cocktail code.

This our humble interpretation of the rum cocktail classic. We streamlined the rum to just two types: silver and dark rum and also incorporated both our Hibiscus Rosehip and Ginger Lemongrass Simple Syrups into the cocktail.


Ingredients you will need

¾ oz fresh lime juice

½ oz fresh grapefruit juice

¼ oz Social Mixers Ginger Lemongrass Simple Syrup

¼ oz Social Mixers Hibiscus Rosehip Simple Syrup

½ oz Falernum

1 ½ oz silver rum

1 ½ oz dark rum

3 drops absinthe

2 dashes Angostura bitters


How to make a Zombie Cocktail

In a shaker, combine all ingredients and shake vigorously.

Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.

Garnish with a zombie arm.