A Zombie Cocktail is an easy tropical rum drink recipe. A delicious Tiki drink with fruits and spices for your next Luau or summer party.
Craving a tropical drink, but want something different? This delicious Zombie Cocktail recipe is the perfect Tiki drink! Made with mango, orange juice, and a variety of rum, this simple drink is perfect for a Luau Party or sipping by the pool.
Easy Zombie Cocktail Recipe
After creating this popular Tropical Rum Punch recipe, I’m a little obsessed with various rum cocktails. The premise behind Tiki drink recipes is that they’re high in booze, but balanced out with fruits and spices so they don’t taste strong.
I’m excited that Living Locurto team member Natalie made this for us today! It’s one yummy cocktail recipe, I’ll be making a lot this summer.
What is in a Zombie Drink?
The Zombie is a cocktail made of fruit juices, liqueurs, and several kinds of rum.
It was invented by Donn Beach at his Hollywood restaurant in 1934. It became popular on the East coast after the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
This was a time when Tiki themed bars were the craze, making the Zombie a popular Tiki drink.
How do you make Mango Puree?
One of this Zombie drink’s ingredients is mango puree. You might be wondering where you can find this or how you can make it.
You can buy mango puree or syrup at most liquor stores, on Amazon here, or make it yourself with a fresh mango.
For fresh Mango Puree, you’ll need:
- 1 ripe mango, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons water
Put the ingredients into a blender and puree. That’s it!
What is Angostura Bitters?
One of the important ingredients in a Tiki drink is Angostura Bitters. Bitters are made from botanicals such as aromatic herbs, bark, roots, and fruit. These ingredients are infused into a flavorless alcohol base to create a potent flavoring.
Rumor has it that the Angostura Bitter’s recipe contains over 40 ingredients, but only a few people know the actual formula.
Angostura Bitters is used in several classic cocktails such as an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Daiquiri and various Tiki drinks.
How Do You Make a Layered Tiki Cocktail?
What makes this such a stunning tropical drink is the layers.
For this Zombie cocktail, start by filling your glass with ice and pouring the bright red grenadine first. Then mix the rest of the drink ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and pour over the grenadine.
The colorful layers create a sunset look that makes you feel like you’re on the beach!
You might also like these drink recipes:
- Frozen Watermelon Margaritas
- Skinny Sangria
- Passion Fruit Rum Punch
- Best Sangria Recipes
- Mermaid Rum Punch
Enjoy this fun Tiki Drink Recipe
So grab your friends and shake up a few of these tasty Zombie cocktails this summer!
Zombie Cocktail Tiki Drink
- Put all ingredients besides the grenadine into a cocktail shaker.
- Fill with ice then shake.
- Fill large glass with ice and pour the Grenadine into the glass.
- Strain cocktail mixture from the shaker into the glass.
- Garnish glass with orange wedge, lime slice and cherry.
- Serve and enjoy!
Originally published July 18, 2019 | Updated September 27, 2021