Simpler than most tiki cocktails—it only contains five ingredients—the Jungle Bird is rumored to have been created in the late 1970s at the Kuala Lampur Hilton. With a base of Jamaican or blackstrap rum, the Bird is more bracing due to the addition of bitter Campari. While not a usual suspect in many tiki drinks, Campari lends itself well to the modern American palate, which has adapted a hankering for all things bitter and boozy (case in point: the Negroni craze). Pineapple and lime smooth any rough edges and add a characteristically tropical vibe to this classic.
- 1 1/2 ounces rum, Jamaican or blackstrap
- 3/4 ounce Campari
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
Garnish: pineapple wedge
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain over ice into a tiki mug or a rocks glass.
- Garnish with a pineapple wedge.