It’s that time of year when the holidays are quickly approaching and that calls for seasonal cocktail recipes! While we’re not quite in the winter season, fall brings in one of my favorite holidays: Halloween. Naturally I began diving into the world of spooky themed cocktails and have a few notable recipes to share with you all!
So, have you ever heard of the Zombie Walk cocktail? No? Well, grab a seat and take note because this is one Halloween-inspired drink that’s sure to set you on a hauntingly delicious adventure.
Let’s start with the building process. The beauty of the Zombie Walk lies in its simplicity: everything happens right in a highball glass. There’s no need for a fancy cocktail shaker, blender, or other bartending equipment. It’s straightforward and ideal for a quick get-together.
The overall flavor of this cocktail mixture is based around fresh strawberries. I decided to muddle together a handful of sliced strawberries with some lemon juice and vanilla simple syrup. The lemon provides a fresh citrusy tang, which contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the strawberries and the warm, aromatic notes from the vanilla. And not just any muddling – you’re looking to get those strawberries into a pulpy, juicy state where they’re going to infuse the entire drink with their sweet, fruity attributes.
Now, here comes the fun part: the spirits (no pun intended)! This recipe calls for a few: vodka, gin, rum, and triple sec. That might sound like a potent mix – and it is – but they blend beautifully in this cocktail. The vodka is like the neutral canvas, letting the other flavors shine. The gin introduces subtle herbal and juniper tones, the rum adds a touch of tropical warmth, and the triple sec rounds it all out with a whisper of orangey zest. It’s like a fruity Long Island but with a few modifications, of course!
After stirring, you’ll want to introduce some ice to keep things chilled. Top it all off with a splash of club soda, which lightens the drink and introduces a bubbly, effervescent quality. There’s something about that refreshing, crispy finish club soda provides that I absolutely love!
To finish things off, we’re going to keep the garnish simple by adding some fresh strawberries, the star of this cocktail.
Step 1: In a highball glass, muddle strawberries with lemon juice and simple syrup.
Step 2: Add the other ingredients, and stir to combine.
Step 3: Add ice and top with club soda.
Step 4: Garnish with a strawberry.
In a nutshell? The Zombie Walk is a cocktail that’s sure to be the life (or undead life?) of your Halloween party. It’s a delightful blend of flavors, easy to whip up, and undeniably festive in spirit. So, next time you’re looking for a drink that’s both a treat and a tiny bit spooky, give this one a shot.