Known for its strong taste and tiki vibe, The Zombie is an evergreen cocktail created by a legendary bartender.

It started during the Tiki craze when Donn Beach created the recipe and guarded it with a secret code. The bartenders were given coded references for ingredients—the contents of these ingredients were known only to him. Because they are so strong, Beach would limit his customers to two Zombies. Any more than two and Beach says you’ll end up “like the walking dead.”

While each bartender and restaurant have their version of the cocktail, The Zombie is usually made with fruit juices, liqueurs, and a variation of rums.

Here is our favorite recipe for the classic cocktail, The Zombie.

The Zombie

The Zombie

The Zombie

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Light Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. Gold Rum
  • 1/2 oz. 151-Proof Rum
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp. Grenadine
  • 1/2 oz. Falernum
  • 6 drops of Pernod
  • dash of Angostura Bitters
  • 1/2 oz. Donn’s Mix*

Preparation: Add all of the rums, Pernod, lime juice, falernum, Donn’s Mix, grenadine, and bitters into a blender. Add 3/4 cup of crushed ice and blend on high speed for five seconds. Pour mixture into a tall or Zombie glass. Add ice cubes to fill and garnish with a mint sprig.

Don’s Mix*

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 part Cinnamon Infused Simple Syrup

Preparation: Bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil with three cinnamon sticks, stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat after simmering for two minutes and allow to cool. Add one part of the cinnamon-infused simple syrup with two parts of the fresh grapefruit juice.