Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe is a classic Tiki Cocktail dating back to the 1970s. A fresh blend of dark rum and Campari with tropical fruit juices that will transport you to the islands.
The Jungle Bird is an explosion of flavors. This Tiki Cocktail is smooth with a hint of bitters from the Campari. It is refreshing and tropical. It is so good and refreshing you will want to drink these all day by the pool or on the beach. This cocktail was created back in 1978 at the famed Avaiary bar at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton in Malaysia.
Ingredients for the Jungle Bird
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- Dark Rum (such as Myers Dark Rum)
- Pineapple Juice
- Lime Juice
- Rich Simple Syrup or Simple Syrup.
- Crushed Ice
- Garnishes: Mint, Pineapple Wedge, or Pineapple Leaf.
Rich Simple Syrup
The simple syrup has a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar.
The rich simple syrup has a 1:2 ratio of water to sugar.
For our rich simple syrup, we put a splash of Everclear while it is cooking. This is optional. If you have Everclear on hand give it a go! It gives your simple syrup a longer life.
For this recipe, we use rich simple syrup. Using regular simple syrup works just as well.
How To Make a Jungle Bird Tiki Cocktail
Prep all your ingredients.
- Crushed Ice for the Cocktail (When I go to Chick-fil-A I always buy a bag of ice from them. It is perfect for cocktails.)
- Squeeze fresh lime juice. ( Best Seller on Amazon: Zulay Lemon Lime Squeezer )
- Make Rich Simple Syrup. (See mention above in ingredients)
Next, add all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake! You want to shake vigorously to get a foamy top from the pineapple being shaken.
Finally, strain into a crushed ice-filled tiki mug or glass. Then garnish with fresh mint or fresh pineapple.
Serve up this Tiki Cocktail in a killer Tiki Mug or glass. Either way, it is a pretty cocktail. The color is a gorgeous orange glow from the Campari and pineapple juice.
Tiki Cocktail Culture
Exotic Island themed cocktails with rich island flavors and Rum! Drinks to transport you to sunny days, grass skirts, and sweet island fruit. Think Pina Coladas, Mai-Tai, Blue Hawaii, Hawaiian t-shirts, and this Jungle Bird! Cheers to the Islands and the Tiki Cocktails that transport us there.
Jungle Bird Cocktail Variations
- Like things a little more bitter? Add a quarter ounce of Campari at a time to adjust to your level of bitterness.
- Use simple syrup instead of rich simple syrup. You may need to adjust the amount for sweetness.
- RUM! Any dark rum. I used Myers Dark Rum and it was perfect.
- Garnishes! I used mint. Take a sprig of mint. Slap it against your hand to activate the essence. Mint on the nose of this drink is fabulous. It gives it another mouthwatering dimension.
- Doubling the recipe. Making a Jungle Bird for two? Follow the recipe and taste before serving to make any adjustments to the Campari or syrup.
Pro Tip: Having drinks by the pool? Don’t want to be stuck behind the bar? Quadruple the recipe for a big batch.
Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe
Jungle Bird Cocktail
Jungle Bird Tiki Cocktail recipe.
- 1.5 oz. Dark Rum
- 0.25 oz. Campari
- 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 0.5 oz. Rich Simple Syrup see post for explanation.
- 0.5 oz. Lime Juice
- Garnishes: mint, pineapple wedge, or pineapple leaf
Add ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until the shaker is nice and frosty.
Strain into a crushed ice-filled Tiki Mug or Glass.
Garnish with mint, pineapple wedge, or pineapple leaf.