Red Robin Screaming Red Zombie Cocktail Recipe

Red Robin Screaming Red Zombie drink may be strong enough to revive the dead, but it is also a great way to cool off on a hot day. This refreshing zombie drink is perfect for a hot day! It’s also a fun cocktail to make for Halloween.

homemade Red Robin Screaming Red Zombie drink and oranges

Red Zombie Drink Recipe

So they say that the Red Robin Screaming Red Zombie may be able to revive the dead. It is a refreshing drink made with light rum, orange juice, grenadine, dark rum, and sweet and sour. This is the perfect drink to make for a party or a large gathering.

What does a Zombie Drink Taste Like?

If you like a fruity, sweet, and rum forward drink, you are going to love this one. The orange juice and sugar give this a sweet taste, but it isn’t too sweet, the grenadine helps to balance out the flavors quite nicely.

Red Zombie Cocktail Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Orange juice
  • Light Rum
  • Myer’s Dark Rum
  • Bacardi Select Rum
  • Grenadine
Ingredients for the Red Robin Screaming Red Zombie drink.

Ingredient Notes

In the restaurant, they use specific brands of alcohol. For this drink, Red Robin uses Bacardi rum and Meyers dark rum.

You could use other brands since we are mixing so many other ingredients.

You could easily save a few dollars by using another brand and your drink won’t be adversely impacted by using another brand of alcohol.

I do think you should use good quality orange juice. I like to use fresh never from concentrate. If you are lucky, some grocery stores sell fresh-squeezed orange juice and this can make this drink even better!

How to Make a Screaming Red Zombie Mixed Drink

  1. Stir together the lemon juice and sugar in a 2-cup measuring cup until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add orange juice and light rum and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into a tall glass filled half-way with ice.
  4. Float the last three ingredients in order by slowly pouring each one over the back of a spoon.

Zombie Cocktail Recipe Variations

If you think it is too strong, you can cut the ratio of alcohol by simply adding more orange juice.

If you don’t drink alcohol, you can simply omit the liquor and make it with just orange juice, grenadine, and sweet and sour mix. So this cocktail can be made family-friendly for everyone.

You may want to make a pitcher of these for your friends or family when they come over. Just increase the number of servings on the recipe card below and it will automatically calculate the ingredient quantities.

Zombie Mixed Drink FAQ

Why is it called a Zombie cocktail?

This is an iconic Tiki cocktail. It has been rumored to have been made to help someone hungover get through the day. When the patron came back to the bar, he complained he had been turned into a “zombie” for his meeting.

How do you make an original Zombie?

There are many versions of the original drink, here is Donn Beach of Don the Beachcomber restaurant’s original version.
1 ounce dark rum
1 ounce white rum
1/2 ounce cream de almond
1/2 ounce velvet Falernum
1/4 ounce Absinthe
Fill will equal parts of grapefruit juice and lemon sour
Float Barcardi 151 Rum
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a collins glass. Float Barcardi 151 rum and garnish with a cherry.

Is a Zombie cocktail strong?

The zombie is a strong cocktail. While the drink is fruity, there is a fair amount of alcohol in the drink. The sweet fruit flavor masks the alcohol in the drink.

homemade Red Robin Screaming Red Zombie cocktail and oranges

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Screaming Red Zombie Drink

Enjoy your own Red Robin Screaming Zombie Drink when you make this tasty cocktail at home.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail, Screaming Red Zombie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 278kcal


  • 4 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce Myer’s dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce Bacardi Select rum
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine


  • Combine lemon juice and sugar in a small bowl or 2-cup measuring cup and mix well.
  • Add orange juice and light rum. Stir well.
  • Fill a 16-ounce glass half full of ice.
  • Pour the mixture into the glass.
  • Using a spoon, float the last three ingredients in order. This means you will slowly pour each liquid over the back of a spoon so that it doesn’t mix into the drink too much.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 86.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Ernie

    5 stars
    I love making these at home. My mother in law can drink too much and get rowdy when we go out. She loves these. So I can make these at home, and she can get rowdy away from people. We are all much happier this way.

  2. Paul

     ½ Ounce Grenadine

    Funny little box in front of 1/2… is there supposed to be anything there or a glitch in the system?

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