Jungle Bird Cocktail Drink

Jungle Bird Cocktail

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Looking for a tropical escape in a glass? This Jungle Bird cocktail recipe is your answer, blending unique ingredients to make a drink that’s easy to make!

Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe

Get your summer going with this simple Jungle Bird recipe! Rum, pineapple juice, Campari, and lime juice blend together for a delicious cocktail experience.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

219 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Dark Rum
  • ¾ oz Campari
  • oz pineapple juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Pineapple slice and cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Tumbler or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Start by icing up your tumbler glass to chill.
  • Add Ingredients: In your shaker, combine the simple syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, Campari and dark rum.
  • Shake: Add ice cubes to your shaker and shake well.
  • Strain: Using a strainer pour the mixture into your tumbler or Old Fashioned glass over new crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Adorn with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: I've swapped in white rum when I was out of dark rum. The flavor is slightly different but still delicious. For a more smoky flavor, you could use mezcal.
  • Campari: If Campari's bitter note is too much for you, try Aperol. It gives a milder, sweeter profile but still offers that touch of bitterness.
  • Simple Syrup: Sometimes, I make my own with raw sugar or honey, lending a richer depth to the drink.

Making a Pitcher of Jungle Bird:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of dark rum, 6 oz of Campari, 12 oz of pineapple juice, 4 oz of fresh lime juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or a mix of tropical fruit juices.
  • Campari Substitute: Prepare a simple syrup with a dash of grapefruit juice and a hint of cranberry for the bitter profile.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with these non-alcoholic alternatives and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

This recipe is inherently vegan. Just verify that any pre-packaged ingredients you use, like simple syrup or fruit juices, don't contain animal-derived ingredients or additives.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
219
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
10
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
23
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
82
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
9
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Jungle Bird Cocktail Drink

Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get your summer going with this simple Jungle Bird recipe! Rum, pineapple juice, Campari, and lime juice blend together for a delicious cocktail experience.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 219

Ingredients
 

  • oz Dark Rum
  • ¾ oz Campari
  • oz pineapple juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Pineapple slice and cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Tumbler or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Prep glass: Start by icing up your tumbler glass to chill.
  • Add Ingredients: In your shaker, combine the simple syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, Campari and dark rum.
  • Shake: Add ice cubes to your shaker and shake well.
  • Strain: Using a strainer pour the mixture into your tumbler or Old Fashioned glass over new crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Adorn with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: I've swapped in white rum when I was out of dark rum. The flavor is slightly different but still delicious. For a more smoky flavor, you could use mezcal.
  • Campari: If Campari's bitter note is too much for you, try Aperol. It gives a milder, sweeter profile but still offers that touch of bitterness.
  • Simple Syrup: Sometimes, I make my own with raw sugar or honey, lending a richer depth to the drink.

Making a Pitcher of Jungle Bird:

  • Scale: For a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. You'll need 12 oz of dark rum, 6 oz of Campari, 12 oz of pineapple juice, 4 oz of fresh lime juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic rum alternative or a mix of tropical fruit juices.
  • Campari Substitute: Prepare a simple syrup with a dash of grapefruit juice and a hint of cranberry for the bitter profile.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with these non-alcoholic alternatives and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

This recipe is inherently vegan. Just verify that any pre-packaged ingredients you use, like simple syrup or fruit juices, don't contain animal-derived ingredients or additives.

What is a Jungle Bird Drink?

Jungle Bird is a rum cocktail that combines the unique flavors of pineapple juice, Campari, and other key ingredients. Originating in the late 1970s at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton, its rise to fame surprised many, given its unlikely mix of sweet and bitter elements. The drink’s name directly hints at its tropical nature. While it might sound exotic, creating this cocktail doesn’t require expert bartending skills.

A side shot of a Jungle Bird cocktail in a tumbler glass on a wooden coaster placed on a white marmol table with two lime slices in front and, plant branches and pineapple wedges around, on a yellow wall background.

What is a Jungle Bird made of – The ingredients

For preparing a Jungle Bird, gather these ingredients:

  • Dark Rum: The base spirit that provides depth and a rich, molasses-like flavor.
  • Campari: An Italian bitter that introduces a contrasting bitterness to the drink’s sweetness.
  • Pineapple Juice: Adds tropical flair and a sweet, tangy profile.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Brings a zesty brightness to balance the cocktail’s components.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the drink, enhancing and melding the flavors together.

Dark rum, campari, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Jungle Bird?

Discover how to make a Jungle Bird with our easy-to-follow instructions:

1
<p>Start by filling your tumbler glass with ice cubes to chill.</p>

Start by filling your tumbler glass with ice cubes to chill.

2
<p>Pour dark rum into the shaker to provide the drink’s strong foundation.</p>

Pour dark rum into the shaker to provide the drink’s strong foundation.

3
<p>Add Campari to introduce a layer of bitterness to the mix.</p>

Add Campari to introduce a layer of bitterness to the mix.

4
<p>Incorporate pineapple juice, ensuring the drink gets its tropical sweetness.</p>

Incorporate pineapple juice, ensuring the drink gets its tropical sweetness.

5
<p>Squeeze in fresh lime juice to add a zest and balance the sweetness.</p>

Squeeze in fresh lime juice to add a zest and balance the sweetness.

6
<p>Sweeten the concoction by adding simple syrup.</p>

Sweeten the concoction by adding simple syrup.

7
<p>Shake the mixture vigorously until it’s well-blended and chilled.</p>

Shake the mixture vigorously until it’s well-blended and chilled.

8
<p>Replace the ice cubes with fresh crushed ice in your tumbler.</p>

Replace the ice cubes with fresh crushed ice in your tumbler.

9
<p>Strain the concoction into a tumbler or Old Fashioned glass.</p>

Strain the concoction into a tumbler or Old Fashioned glass.

10
<p>Garnish with a pineapple slice or cherry, if desired.</p>

Garnish with a pineapple slice or cherry, if desired.

11
<p>Enjoy your Jungle Bird cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Jungle Bird cocktail!

Best Rum for a Jungle Bird Cocktail

When crafting a Jungle Bird, your choice of rum can make all the difference. Dark rum, with its rich and robust flavor, stands as the preferred choice. Appleton Estate, from Jamaica, offers a depth that beautifully complements the cocktail’s tropical notes. Goslings Black Seal, another top contender, packs a molasses punch that pairs seamlessly with the bitterness of Campari. While both these brands elevate your drink, Appleton Estate might just edge out with its warm undertones and smooth finish if you had to pick one.

Jungle Bird with Aperol

Aperol is an interesting twist. This bright orange aperitif brings a slightly sweeter and less bitter profile than the traditional Campari. It’s lighter on the palate and has hints of oranges and rhubarb. When you swap Campari for Aperol, the drink takes on a more citrus-forward and slightly milder character.

A side shot of a Jungle Bird cocktail in a tumbler glass on a wooden coaster placed on a white marmol table with two lime slices in front and, plant branches and pineapple wedges around.

Jungle Bird Variations

Curious about other choices? We share some of my favorite ones:

  • Spiced Jungle: Integrating spiced rum instead of dark rum, this mix brings a warm undertone of spices like cinnamon and cloves.
  • Tropical Dawn: Adding a splash of coconut water becomes a refreshing blend with subtle coconut hints, bridging the flavors seamlessly.
  • Bird of Paradise: Incorporating passion fruit juice instead of pineapple offers a tangy, tropical twist that’s truly invigorating.
  • Sunset Bird: Swapping out Campari for Aperol reduces the bitterness and introduces a sweeter, orange-infused profile.
  • Jungle Fizz: After the usual shake and strain, top it up with club soda for a bubbly, effervescent touch.
  • Golden Bird: Utilizing gold rum, it achieves a lighter, slightly sweeter profile with caramel notes.
  • Dark Forest Bird: Integrating a hint of cherry liqueur provides a deeper, slightly tart cherry layer.
  • Bittered Jungle: Boost the bitter profile by adding a dash of grapefruit juice, creating a tangy balance to the drink’s sweetness.
  • Smoky Jungle: Opt for mezcal instead of rum; this choice introduces a smoky dimension, transforming the entire experience.
  • Raspberry Flight: Swirl in some raspberry syrup for a berry-infused sweetness that contrasts the bitter notes beautifully.
  • Iced Jungle Tea: Introduce cold-brewed black tea, which not only dilutes but also adds tannic depth and a slight caffeine kick.
  • Jungle Flame: A pinch of cayenne pepper or a small jalapeño slice delivers a spicy punch, adding warmth and surprise to each sip.
  • Gingered Canopy: Ginger syrup or fresh ginger juice complements the tropical notes while providing a spicy, refreshing lift.
  • Orchard Bird: Replacing pineapple with fresh apple juice introduces a crisp, slightly tart element reminiscent of a cool orchard.
  • Citrus Grove: Combining a mix of citrus juices like orange and grapefruit provides a broader spectrum of tangy flavors, making each sip a unique experience.

History and Origin

The Jungle Bird cocktail traces its roots back to the late 1970s. The Kuala Lumpur Hilton in Malaysia gets the credit for its creation. Originally, bartenders designed this drink as a welcome beverage for hotel guests. Unlike many classic cocktails, this drink stands out because it combines the bitter notes of Campari with tropical ingredients, a blend that was quite unconventional at the time. Over the years, its popularity surged, especially in tiki cocktail circles, largely due to its unique mix of flavors.

A side shot of a Jungle Bird cocktail in a tumbler glass on a wooden coaster placed on a white marmol table with two lime slices in front and, plant branches and pineapple wedges around.

More Cocktails

Looking for more rum-based cocktails? Here are a few of our favorites:

Other cocktails we enjoy: El Presidente, Eastside cocktail, Singapore Sling, and Penicillin.

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a Jungle Bird have?
A typical Jungle Bird has approximately 165-190 calories, which can vary based on specific ingredients and proportions.
How strong is the Jungle Bird in terms of alcohol content?
The drink generally has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof, depending on the rum's strength and the mix ratio.
What alcohol is primarily used in a Jungle Bird?
Dark rum serves as the primary alcohol.
In which type of glass is the Jungle Bird usually served?
It's typically served in a tumbler or Old Fashioned glass.
What does the Jungle Bird taste like?
It offers a unique blend of sweet and bitter, with tropical notes from pineapple juice complemented by the bitterness of Campari.
What is the typical ratio of ingredients in a Jungle Bird?
The general ratio is equal parts dark rum, pineapple juice, and Campari, with smaller lime juice and simple syrup added for balance.
How is the Jungle Bird served in terms of ice?
The Jungle Bird is often served over ice, usually crushed.
Is the Jungle Bird considered a tiki cocktail?
The Jungle Bird is recognized as a modern tiki cocktail due to its tropical ingredients and flavor profile.
What type of rum works best in a Jungle Bird?
Dark rum is preferred because it adds depth and a rich flavor.
Is there a specific brand of rum recommended for the Jungle Bird?
While there isn't a single "best" brand, quality
Is the Jungle Bird a summer-only drink?
While its tropical nature might suggest summer, many enjoy it year-round due to its balanced flavor.
Is Campari essential for the Jungle Bird?
Campari is a key ingredient that provides the drink's characteristic bitter note, making it essential for an authentic Jungle Bird.
What can I pair with a Jungle Bird in terms of food?
Tropical or Asian-inspired dishes, especially those with a hint of sweetness or spice, pair beautifully with this drink.
Is the Jungle Bird a good cocktail for beginners to make?
Certainly! Its straightforward recipe and common ingredients make it accessible for even novice mixologists.

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