Jungle Bird

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Cocktail History

The Jungle Bird is a rum tiki cocktail recipe that was created at the Aviary Bar in Malaysia the 1970s. It’s a a relative newcomer to the repertoire of classic tiki drinks and is also fairly simple compared to most because it’s made with five ingredients: Campari, the classic flavors of citrus and rum, simple syrup, and pineapple to round out the edges.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Jamaican Rum: This is the base spirit. We used Appleton Estate’s Gold Jamaican Rum because it’s a great affordable spirit with notes of spices and vanilla.

Campari: This is an Italian liqueur. It adds its distinct bitter yet savory flavor to the drink.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the bitterness of the liqueur. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Pineapple Juice: This adds sweet and fruity pineapple flavor. We prefer fresh pineapple juice, but you can substitute canned juice if that’s easier than juicing an entire pineapple.

Lime Wheel: This is the garnish. It adds lime aroma and taste when expressed over top.

Tasting Notes

The Jungle Bird starts with the sweet-bitter aroma of Campari followed by the initial taste of pineapple, the warm notes of rum and tart citrus while held in the mouth, and then the lingering bitterness of the amaro after swallowing.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Campari is definitely not for everyone, but the Jungle Bird makes it very palatable even for those like Kendall who don’t usually enjoy the bitter notes. As for those who do like Alex, this drink is an absolute pleasure! No wonder it’s all over Instagram.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The Jungle Bird is the tiki answer to the Negroni, bringing the bright red color and telltale bitterness of the Italian Campari but balancing it with other tropical flavors like pineapple and lime and stretching it into a long drink. Because the Campari is the show stealer here, the rum ends up taking a bit of a back seat, but it, along with the other sweet and sour flavors, are able to create a drink that has a bitter note on the finish while still being tropical and fun through and through.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Finally a Campari drink that I can tolerate for more than a single sip! Although still a bit too bitter for my taste especially when I’m in the mood for fruity tiki cocktails, the Jungle Bird has its place. I can see why those with more discerning palates are such big fans. The rum and pineapple do a good job of cutting the amaro’s bitterness without completely masking its unique flavor. Maybe in a couple of years I’m come back to this one and enjoy it even more as my own palate develops.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

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AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Jamaican Rum
 ¾ oz Campari
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 ½ oz Pineapple Juice
 1 Lime Wheel

Method
1

Add rum, Campari, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass or highball glass over crushed ice.

4

Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Jamaican Rum
 ¾ oz Campari
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 1 ½ oz Pineapple Juice
 1 Lime Wheel

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, Campari, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass or highball glass over crushed ice.

4

Garnish with lime wheel.

Jungle Bird

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More Tiki Cocktails

If you like this tiki cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Privateer: A tequila cocktail made with passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, smoke and salt bitters, rosemary, and Tajín

Ginger Inferno: A rum cocktail made with ginger liqueur, velvet falernum liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, a lime slice, and candied ginger

Brancolada: A rum cocktail made with fernet-branca menta liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream, mint, and an orange wedge

Iron Ranger: A whiskey cocktail made with pineapple juice, lemon juice, velvet falernum liqueur, cinnamon syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, mint, and a cinnamon stick

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