This peach version of the classic zombie cocktail recipe is a really tasty one!
Rum. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of that particular spirit? For us, it’s beaches and warm tropical breezes with a cocktail in hand. I don’t know about you, but there aren’t many warm tropical breezes to be had in Nebraska, unless it’s late July and its 100 degrees out with a humidity index of 80! This Peach Zombie Cocktail Recipe is here to fix just that!
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We went with a peach version of the classic tiki cocktail because necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, we didn’t have any grapefruit in the house at the moment, and it was like 10 pm and we weren’t going to the store. The classic recipe has a great mix called Donn’s mix (more on him in a bit!), which is a combo of grapefruit and cinnamon syrup.
We didn’t have the grapefruit juice, though. But, we just had gotten a bottle of Gabriel Boudier Creme de Peches, a peach liqueur. We thought between this and our homemade banana liqueur we could make a tasty substitute, and it totally worked!
What Ingredients are Needed for the Peach Zombie Cocktail Recipe?
- Plantation Pineapple Rum
- Copalli Rum
- Blackstrap Rum
- Peach Liqueur
- Banana Liqueur
- Pineapple Juice
- Lime Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Raw Turbinado Sugar
- Shroh Rum
The classic zombie cocktail drink was invented by Donn Beach, aka Don the Beachcomber. We talk about Donn in our Allspice Dram and Fall in Paradise posts. But, the Zombie Cocktail Recipe first appeared in 1934. It became popular after it was served at the World’s Fair in 1939.
Zombie Cocktail History
Legend has it (cause no-one knows!) that Donn made the Zombie to help a hung-over customer get through a business meeting. (I don’t know if I could have made it through a meeting that way!) The customer came back later to complain that he had been turned into a zombie for the entire trip. The drinks’ fruity taste really hides its extremely high alcoholic content. They started serving them, and calling them the Zombie, but they limit their customers to two Zombies apiece because Beach said they could make one “like the walking dead”, haha!
Here is a great original Zombie recipe! We didn’t add Donn’s Mix, or the Falernum because we obviously didn’t want it too sweet with too many liqueurs.
The fun part about Tiki drinks, and using such high proof rum, you can light it on fire if you would like to! For our shots in this post, we actually didn’t light the cocktail itself on fire. We hollowed out a peach half, and put in a small chunk of bread, and then a secret ingredient. It’s not high proof rum, but tell us in the comments below what you think we used to get these beautiful flames!
The sparks were achieved with shaking powdered cinnamon over the top of the drink while it is lit on fire. Makes fun pictures, and a fun presentation, but this is entirely optional!
Cheers to rum Tiki Drinks!
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Other Tiki Cocktails
- Tangerine Tiki – Kim Brough Daniels
- The Toasted Marshmallow – Thirsty Mag
- Bird of Paradise – Bon Appetit
- South Seas Sling – Oh So Beautiful Paper
- Passion Grove Swizzle – Cocktail Wonk
A rum based tiki cocktail, this peach version of the classic Zombie cocktail recipe is really tasty!
- 1 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
- 1 oz Copalli Rum
- 1 oz blackstrap rum
- .50 oz peach liqueur
- .50 oz banana liqueur
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz lime juice
- .25 oz grenadine
- 1 Tbsp raw Turbinado sugar
- Stroh Rum Float
- Combine all ingredients except Stroh Rum in cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake to combine, at least 15 seconds.
- Strain into a glass or tiki mug. Top with Stroh Rum float.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: .3gSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 20.7gFiber: .2gSugar: 18.8gProtein: .4g
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