Walking Dead Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Walking Dead cocktail is a powerful blend of spirits and liqueurs, designed to pack a punch and leave you feeling like you've survived a zombie apocalypse. It's a favorite among fans of the TV show, and those who enjoy a strong, complex cocktail. It's not for the faint-hearted, but if you're up for the challenge, it's a cocktail experience you won't forget.

How Walking Dead Tastes?

The Walking Dead cocktail is a potent mix, with a strong, robust flavor profile. The blend of spirits gives it a powerful kick, while the liqueurs add a touch of sweetness. The result is a cocktail that's bold, complex, and incredibly satisfying.

Interesting facts about Walking Dead

  • The Walking Dead cocktail is named after the popular TV show, and is a favorite among fans.
  • Despite its name, it's a surprisingly sophisticated cocktail, with a complex blend of flavors.
  • It's a strong cocktail, with a high alcohol content, so it's best enjoyed slowly and responsibly.


A few good options for Walking Dead are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Smirnoff® vodka

At 2 oz, vodka adds a clean, neutral alcohol base that lets other flavors shine. More would overpower; less would be lost. No vodka? Try grain alcohol—you’ll get a stronger kick.

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Johnnie Walker® Scotch whisky

Scotch brings a hint of smoky peat and complexity. Without it, you'd miss the cocktail's depth. An alternative could be a peaty single malt, for an even richer smoke profile.

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Jim Beam® bourbon whiskey

Bourbon contributes a sweet, oaky richness. It's the American spirit that gives the cocktail a rounded backbone. Swap for another bourbon if desired, though it may alter the flavor slightly.

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Bailey's® Irish cream

Creamy Bailey's adds a luxurious texture and sweetness. Omit it, and you lose the smooth character. A different cream liqueur, like Amarula, offers a fruity twist.

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Midori® melon liqueur

Midori delivers a unique, sweet melon flavor that counters the strong spirits. Replace with a watermelon liqueur and you'll shift towards a summer vibe.

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Premium lager

Lager acts as a balancer with its carbonation and crispness, cutting through the richness. Without it, the cocktail might seem too dense. A pilsner would also work for a lighter touch.

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Jagermeister® herbal liqueur

Jägermeister brings complexity with its many herbs and spices. It’s essential for the 'Walking Dead' theme. Skip it, and the drink is less mysterious. Consider Fernet-Branca for a change but expect more bitterness.

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Absinthe herbal liqueur

Absinthe contributes anise flavor and a hint of mystique. It’s potent; too much dominates, too little fades away. A dash of anise extract could substitute for a less alcoholic option.

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Wild Turkey® bourbon whiskey

Another layer of bourbon ensures a whiskey-forward punch. Wild Turkey specifically offers a spicy note. Another high-proof bourbon would add different nuances.

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Recipe. How to make Walking Dead Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all the spirits and liqueurs.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with the premium lager.
  6. Stir gently to combine.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • Be sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Serve the cocktail in a chilled glass to keep it cool for longer.
  • Enjoy the cocktail slowly to savor the complex flavors and high alcohol content.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Prawns: The robust blend of spirits would complement the heat and savory notes of seasoned seafood.
  • BBQ Ribs: Smoky and sweet flavors from the ribs would resonate with the bourbon and Scotch notes in the cocktail.
  • Salted Nuts: Simple bar snacks like nuts help in balancing the complexity of the cocktail, providing a salty contrast.


  • Dark Chocolate: The bitterness of dark chocolate would pair nicely with the depth of the herbal and whiskey flavors.
  • Cheesecake: A creamy cheesecake can both contrast and complement the creamy texture of Bailey's within the drink.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of this intense and flavorful cocktail.
  • Coffee: Serve a strong, black coffee as a sobering accompaniment that can enhance the complexity of the flavors.

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What you could change in Walking Dead

  • If you don't have Smirnoff vodka, any premium vodka will do.
  • You can substitute Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky with any other Scotch whisky.
  • If you don't have Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, you can use any other bourbon whiskey.
  • If you don't have Bailey's Irish cream, you can use any other Irish cream.
  • If you don't have Midori melon liqueur, you can use any other melon liqueur.
  • If you don't have Jagermeister herbal liqueur, you can use any other herbal liqueur.
  • If you don't have absinthe herbal liqueur, you can use any other herbal liqueur.
  • If you don't have Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey, you can use any other bourbon whiskey.

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Dark Fruit Walking Dead

Substitute Midori with Chambord raspberry liqueur for a deep berry flavor, matching the dark theme with a richer profile.

  • Add all ingredients except lager in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake, strain into a glass with new ice.
  • Top with a stout instead of lager for added depth.

Tiki Walking Dead

Introduce coconut cream and pineapple juice—you’re bringing the undead to the tropics. A splash of grenadine will add color and a hint of sweetness.

  • Mix spirits with coconut cream and pineapple juice.
  • Shake with ice and strain into a tiki mug over crushed ice.
  • Drizzle grenadine over the top.

Icy Mint Walking Dead

Add crème de menthe for a chilling effect. It’s a breath of fresh air... or should we say, a fresh breath for the undead?

  • Add spirits with crème de menthe in a shaker.
  • Shake with ice vigorously.
  • Serve in a frosty mug with a mint sprig garnish.

In case you forgot basics how to make Walking Dead

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

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Frequently Asked Questions on Walking Dead

What is the best time to serve the Walking Dead cocktail?

The Walking Dead cocktail is a strong, punchy drink making it an ideal choice for evening social gatherings, parties or late-night festivities.

Can I prepare the Walking Dead cocktail ahead of time?

Due to the fresh ingredients like the lime juice, it's always best to make the Walking Dead cocktail fresh. However, you can pre-measure the alcohol ahead of time if needed.

What's the best way to serve the Walking Dead cocktail?

The Walking Dead cocktail is best served in a Tiki mug on crushed ice. It should be garnished with an orange slice and a cherry and served immediately.

Can I swap the rums for other spirits when making the Walking Dead cocktail?

Replacing the rum in the cocktail with other spirits can significantly alter its flavor. It's recommended to stick with the rum to maintain the integrity of the cocktail, particularly the 151-proof rum which gives it its unique kick.

Is the Walking Dead cocktail suitable for all drinkers?

Due to its high alcohol content, this cocktail is recommended for experienced drinkers only. It is certainly not a drink for novices or lightweight drinkers.

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