Try this recipe for a zombie cocktail, then check out our mai tai, piña colada, daiquiri and more rum cocktail recipes. Also learn how to make your own grenadine to use in this cocktail.

Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your zombie to the next level.

What is a zombie?

One of the classic tiki drinks, the zombie is thought to have emerged in the 1930s at the Don the Beachcomber tiki bar in Hollywood. It’s a complex blend of three different rums, fruit juices and other ingredients such as anise liqueur, bitters and grenadine, and packs a punch – one or two is more than enough.

Zombie ingredients

Using the best quality dark, white and overproof rum you can find will really elevate this cocktail. We’ve tried and tested the best premium rums for you to explore.

Bar hacks and garnishes

Slowly pour in the grenadine just before serving for an eye-catching final touch. Use a classic tiki-style or highball glass – just ensure that the glass is generous in size.

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Zombie cocktail recipe


  • 25ml white rum
  • 25ml dark rum
  • 1 tbsp (we used Two Drifters Overproof Spiced Pineapple Rum) overproof rum
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 1.25ml pernod or other anise liqueur
  • 100ml pineapple juice
  • a dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • mint sprigs, cocktail cherries and orange or pineapple wedges, to garnish


  • STEP 1

    Put all the rums, the lime juice, Pernod, pineapple juice and Angostura bitters in a blender with ice and blitz for a few seconds. Or, shake well in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until the outside of the shaker is cold.

  • STEP 2

    Pour the cocktail into a glass filled with ice cubes, then slowly drizzle over the grenadine. Garnish with mint, cocktail cherries and orange or pineapple wedges.

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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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