Classic cocktails | RUM


The Zombie is a true Tiki classic, known for its strong blend of rums and tropical fruit juices. It was first created in the 1930s by legendary bartender Don the Beachcomber and has since become a staple of Tiki bar culture. The original recipe for the Zombie was so secret that even the staff didn't know it, and it was recorded in code on the bottle labels.

The cocktail is famous and notorious for its potency - hence the name "Zombie". Many bars limit sales to two per customer. With its exotic presentation and sweet but complex taste, the Zombie is a perfect drink for a tropical party or a relaxed evening under the palm trees. It combines the warmth of dark rum with the sweetness of fruit and offers a taste of adventure and exoticism that immediately brings to mind distant beaches and Polynesian cultures.

  • 30 ml dark rum
  • 30 ml white rum
  • 30 ml apricot liqueur
  • 60 ml fresh lime juice
  • 30 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 30 ml fresh orange juice
  • 5 ml grenadine (equivalent to approximately one teaspoon)
  • A dash of bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: a dash of overproof rum to coat
  • Garnish: pineapple slice, cocktail cherry, mint
  1. Place all the ingredients (except the overproof rum, if using) in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Top up with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a large glass, preferably a tiki glass, filled with crushed ice.
  4. Optionally top with a dash of overproof rum.
  5. Garnish with pineapple slice, cocktail cherry and mint.

Maxim Matthew

Berlin, Germany
As co-founder of UNKNOWN Lands | Spirits and a passionate gin maker, I have turned my love for gin into projects such as "The Gin High Tea". My journey began in the world of film and design and led me to a deep passion for fine spirits. I firmly believe that cocktails don't have to be complicated or extravagant. In my book "The Gin High Tea - Gin Cocktails", I aim to inspire people to create simple yet flavorful cocktails. For me, the excitement lies in the imperfect variations that help us to discover new things.

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