If you like tiki cocktails, you will love the Jungle Bird! It contains only 5 ingredients and is so easy to make at home! This drink was invented at Kuala Lumpur Hilton in 1978 and it’s one you’ll want to make at home!
We’re big been fans of tropical, tiki-inspired drinks. The jungle bird cocktail is made with classic tiki ingredients and one somewhat odd ingredient, Campari. Campari is not a typical tropical ingredient, but it works so well in this cocktail. Who knew an Italian liqueur would end up in a tiki drink?!
To our surprise, the sweetness of the pineapple is complemented by the bitterness of Campari. The underlying notes all play a lovely part in creating the most flavorful tiki drink. It’s absolutely delicious!
After testing recipe variations, we settled on this one. It’s the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.
How to Make a Jungle Bird Cocktail
- Dark Rum
- Simple Syrup
- Pineapple Juice
- Lime Juice
Simple syrup is an easy sweetener you can make at home. It’s 1/2 sugar and 1/2 water simmering in a saucepan until sugar is melted. Read our guide to making simple syrup here.
First, make sure you have the right tools.
Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. This is a crucial step when making the cocktail. The water from the ice needs to melt while shaking so dilute the cocktail so the ingredients blend together.
Once the cocktail has been shaken, strain into a glass filled with ice.
You can use large ice cubes or crushed ice for this cocktail.
Garnish the cocktail with pineapple, lime, or even fresh mint.
Tips for Making a Jungle Bird
Use high-quality ingredients like good quality rum, organic pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and organic cane sugar when making the simple syrup.
As mentioned above, shaking with ice is crucial for making this cocktail.
If the drink is a little too strong, add a splash of soda water over the top.
Best Dark Rum for Tiki Drinks
There are many varieties of dark rum you can use to make a jungle bird. We used Zaya for this recipe which is a 16-year old dark rum. It goes really well with this cocktail. Here are some other options.
- Smith & Cross
- Meyers Original Dark Rum
- Plantation Original Dark Rum
- Angostura 1824
- Rogue Dark
- Gosling’s Black Seal
Frequently Asked Questions
A jungle bird cocktail tastes like a tropical cocktail with pineapple and lime juice. The Campari balances out the sweetness with a little bitterness. It’s a fruit-forward drink with complex rum and Campari flavor.
The jungle bird cocktail is a tropical drink made with rum, pineapple juice Campari, lime juice, and simple syrup. It was invented by Jeffrey Ong at Kuala Lumpur Hilton in 1978. It’s said to have been served inside a bird-shaped vessel, hence the name!
Campari is an Italian aperitif and has a bittersweet flavor and vibrant red color.
When to Serve a Jungle Bird
Since this cocktail has tropical notes to it, it is the perfect summer cocktail. Here are some of our favorite occasions to serve a jungle bird:
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Jungle Bird Cocktail
- 3 ounces dark rum
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3 ounces pineapple juice , fresh
- 1 ounce lime juice, fresh
- Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shale for vigorously for 30 seconds. This is a crucial step when making the cocktail. The water from the ice needs to melt while shaking so dilute the cocktail so the ingredients blend together.
- Once the cocktail has been shaken, strain into a glass filled with ice.
- You can use large ice cubes or crushed ice for this cocktail.