Classic Cocktail : The Jungle Bird




I'm torn whether to think of this as a Modern Classic or just a Classic. I tend to think of it as a more modern cocktail, as it was injected with new life by the so-called Tiki revival of the last decade, but this drink has actually been around since the late 70's. The Jungle Bird was said to have been created at the Kuala Lampur Hilton in 1978.  But the use of Campari with an unlikely tropical combination of rum and pineapple feels like a very modern approach. I don't think I'd even heard of the cocktail until about five or so years ago, and had initially made the assumption it had been created in the same timeline as the Paper Plane. Either way, I'm glad to have this recipe in my cocktail arsenal. I've made some slight adjustments to the recipe below, including using Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum in the mix, and cane syrup instead of the usual simple syrup. 

The Jungle Bird


.75 oz Plantation Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Hamilton Jamaican Black rum
.75 oz Campari
1.5 oz pineapple juice
.75 oz fresh lime
scant .5 oz Petite Cane Syrup

Shake all ingredients well, 20-30 seconds, and strain into a glass with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaves, lime tree leaves, or a lime wheel. 



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