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This Zombie Apocalypse Cocktail is vodka-based with tropical flavors. So if you should find yourself stuck on a tropical island when the ZA hits, you’ll have the perfect cocktail to drink… but while you’re waiting for the zombies to take over, why not make this creepy undead cocktail for Halloween instead?!

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Zombie Apocalypse Cocktail

If you are a fan of zombie movies or TV shows, then why not throw an undead-themed party for Halloween and make this Zombie Apocalypse Cocktail your signature drink?

Or, with the tropical notes to this beverage, why not throw a Halloween Luau? I’ve got plenty of Hawaiian Party Food ideas that you could give a spooky twist to!

Zombie Cocktail

You may have heard of a cocktail called Zombie, which is made with fruit juice, liqueurs, and various rums. I’ve seen a few different recipes for this famous tiki cocktail, and they are all slightly different.

After naming my cocktail, and making all the images for it, I discovered that there is actually a cocktail called the Zombie Apocalypse, and it allegedly hails from the US State that is home to The Walking Dead – Georgia. That one is also made with rum, with the addition of Cognac, Angostura bitters, and other flavorings.

Our ZA beverage is not like either of these cocktails!

Ingredients used in this cocktail

  • Vodka – use your favorite brand
  • Blue Curaçao – a blue-colored, orange-flavored liqueur
  • Melon Liquor – such as Midori, a sweet, bright green-colored, muskmelon-flavored liqueur originally from Japan (Midori is the Japanese word for “green”)
  • Sweet and Sour Mixand if you can’t buy this for whatever reason, you can make it very easily as it is essentially a lemon and lime simple syrup
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Silver Lustre Dust/Cake Shimmer – this is an optional extra that adds a shimmery effect to the drink.
  • Wilton Zombie Hands Candy – this is also an optional extra decoration if you can find them as they are a seasonal thing, so they might not be available year-round. Alternatively, you could grab yourself a candy finger mold and make some creepy zombie fingers using Candy Melts. Or you could use a jello/jelly mold < this is a set that has a hand, a heart, and a brain. All a bit too big for a single cocktail, but OMG, make a punch bowl of this cocktail and float them inside!! You could make a spiked vodka jello mix, or make giant ice cubes, well brains…

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How to make a Zombie Apocalypse

Before I get into the cocktail, let me quickly tell you how to make sweet and sour mix, should you not be able to buy it ready-made.

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

Place the sugar and water in a saucepan on medium heat and slowly heat through. By the time it starts to simmer, the sugar should be mostly dissolved, so give it a stir and set aside to cool. When the syrup has cooled, pour in the lemon, and lime juice and stir together. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to a week.


Mixing cocktails

There are several ways you can mix Halloween cocktails – you can shake them, stir them, or blend them…this Zombie Apocalypse cocktail is shaken.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar, water bottle, or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.

Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and sprinkle in the silver lustre dust if you are using that. Give it a good shake until well blended, then pour into a glass over ice.

Garnish with candy zombie hands if you are using them, or alternatively, you could go classic cocktail with a maraschino cherry and a sprig of mint.

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Zombie Apocalypse Cocktail Recipe

Zombie Apocalypse Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A creepy undead vodka cocktail for the Zombie Apocalypse! A great alcoholic beverage for Halloween parties.


  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 part Blue Curaçao
  • ½ part Melon Liqueur
  • 1 part Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 3 parts Pineapple Juice
  • Silver Lustre Dust/Cake Shimmer (optional)
  • Ice Cubes
  • Candy Zombie Hands (optional) or
  • Maraschino Cherries & Fresh Mint to garnish


  1. Place all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add a teaspoon of the silver cake shimmer if using, and shake till blended.
  2. Pour into a glass filled with ice and garnish with either the candy zombie hands or with a cherry and a sprig of mint.


To make a big batch of this cocktail, as long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct. If you prefer measurements for this drink, to make 1 use:

1 oz vodka
1 oz Blue Curacao
½ oz Melon Liquor
1 oz sweet and sour mix
3 oz pineapple juice
1 tsp silver lustre dust/cake shimmer

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 16gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g

This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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Zombie Apocalypse Variations

I always like to try and give variations on the cocktails I share on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy the drink too!

Virgin Zombie Apocalypse (Mocktail)

So that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy a glass of the undead cocktail too, I’ve made a few changes so that the drink is non-alcoholic. The orange-flavored liqueur is replaced with blue curaçao syrup and the melon liqueur is replaced with a melon syrup.

(I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavors and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.)

Just leave out the vodka, and follow the recipe as in the card above. However, you may have to experiment with the syrup quantities, perhaps start with a half-measure each of the syrups as you can always add more if you needed to.

As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug etc) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need.

  • 1 part Blue Curaçao Syrup
  • ½ oz Melon Syrup
  • 1 part Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 3 parts Pineapple Juice

For younger kids, or if you don’t want to use syrups, you could mix pineapple juice with melon juice, orange juice, and top with a lemon-lime soda. You can always add a drop of green food coloring if it’s not green enough!

Zombie Brain Freeze

Turn the ZA into a Zombie Brain Freeze by making it a frozen slushie! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!

green Zombie Apocalypse cocktail

Zombie Apocalypse Party Punch

If you want to make this creepy cocktail for a crowd, you can make a large batch of it very easily!

As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug etc) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to. Serve in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve it from a punch bowl!

To make a batch of Zombie Apocalypse party punch, mix together:

  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 part Blue Curaçao
  • ½ oz Melon Liqueur
  • 1 part Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 3 parts Pineapple Juice

while an individual cocktail is shaken, when making a big batch just stir together. Add a few spoonfuls of silver lustre dust if you are using it in your drink to give it a bit of a shimmer, then transfer to your serving receptacle of choice with plenty of ice.

For garnish, you could make some lychee and blueberry eyeballs (like I did for my Eerie Eyeball Fruit Punch) and float them in the cocktail.

Or, as I mentioned earlier, get yourself a jello/jelly mold < this is a set that has a hand, a heart, and a brain, and use them to create ice or even spiked jello to float in the drink.

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