Jungle Bird

Tiki goes dark and bitter.

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.


Serving: 1

  • 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

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain over ice into a tiki mug or a rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.