Tropical flavors are calling with the mouth-watering cocktail that is my jungle bird recipe!
There’s a never-ending list of recipes for drinks out there, but let me tell you why my jungle bird is one of my top choices when it comes to classic tiki cocktails. The flavors are a wonderful balance of sweet and tart, the vibe is ALL TROPICAL, and it refreshes like no other cocktail!
This tasty tropical treat is infused with rum, pineapple juice, and lime juice. The Campari balances all the sweetness out with its bitter orange flavor to keep the cocktail fabulously refreshing. Just whats called for when your sitting by the pool and the temperature is skyrocketing!
Let’s shake up something delicious!
It’s a cocktail recipe — what more is there to say?
Kidding, of course! There’s so much more to say:
- Pineapple flavor from every angle
- Goes great with any main meal or dessert
- Perfect on hot summer nights
- So easy to make!
How To Make Jungle Bird Recipe
Like most mixed beverage recipes, my cocktail recipe is a snap to make: combine all the ingredients and serve!
Check out the Tools to Make a section for a suggestion that’ll speed up this process, but other than that, this might be the easiest drink you ever did make.
No jungle birds are harmed in the making of this cocktail. I promise!
With such easy steps, surely it must be the ingredients that are complex, right? Wrong! The ingredients are so simple:
- Rum: The star of the show in this cocktail is rum! The original cocktail was made with dark rum but I prefer it with gold rum. I also make it occasionally with pineapple rum to give this drink that extra oomph of flavor.
- Campari: Popular most of in spritz drinks (think Negroni), this addition to the drink will bring a certain bitterness, which is offset perfectly by the sweetness of the pineapple.
- Demerara Sugar: Demerara sugar is a rawer type of sugar, characterized by large crystals and a richer, slight toffee flavor. You can easily make your own demerara sugar syrup by melting demerara sugar with water until syrupy.
Tools to Make
The tools to make this drink are so simple — in fact, maybe even just one!
- A shaker for mixing
- A cup
- A cup for mixing
All you need is something to mix your jungle bird recipe in, and you’re golden!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
While the rum has a long shelf life, the pineapple juice is what you need to watch for — so once you mix all the ingredients together, you’ll be able to store this cocktail for up to seven days.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! The colder, the better for cocktails like this. Rum on its own doesn’t freeze, so you might not be able to get this cocktail *completely* solid, but you’ll definitely get a nice frosty chill in it!
Make Ahead Tips
You can make this recipe up to ten days ahead of time, then store it in the fridge. Of course, most drinks taste best when served fresh, so I always recommend whipping it upright when serving!
When you have a delicious rum-based cocktail like this one, you have to lean into the rum flavors!
What variations can we make with the jungle bird ingredients? Let’s see!
- Another great fizzy drink is a gin and ginger ale — just as easy, and you can reuse the Campari!
- Save that pineapple rum and raid your herb garden for my basil margarita.
- Have a little of everything left over? Dump it all into my planters punch
- Take a different -apple path with a straight-up apple martini!
- 1.5 ounces aged gold rum or pineapple-infused rum
- .75 ounce Campari
- 1.5 ounces fresh pineapple juice
- 3 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 3-4 teaspoon demerara sugar syrup
- pineapple wedges
- pineapple leaves
- fresh mint sprigs
- Add all ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake for about 30 seconds, or until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish, as you wish, with a pineapple wedge, pineapple leaves, and or mint.
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Looking for more thirst-quenching drink recipes? Here are some must-try beverages!
- Quick Creamsicle Drink Recipe – Your favorite summer treat in a drink!
- Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail – Perfect as we get closer to autumn
- Apple Pie Moonshine – Make your own moonshine right at home
- Pineapple Margarita – Tropical fruit meets your favorite restaurant beverage
- Lime Rickey – Save that extra lime juice to make this famous drink
Whether you have one more pool night to toast to or you’re looking for something to hold onto summer a bit longer, my jungle bird recipe will sweep you away to warm summer nights and tropical paradise!
What kind of rum did you use in this drink? Let me know in the comments!