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Jungle Bird cocktail recipe: Paradise in a Glass

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Nutritional information

170
calories

Jungle Bird cocktail recipe: Paradise in a Glass

  • 5 minutes
  • Serves 1
  • Medium

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Welcome, fellow connoisseurs of the spirited arts!

Today, we’ll be embarking on a tantalizing journey into the lush heart of the tropics by crafting the exotic and vibrant Jungle Bird cocktail.

As a delightful concoction of flavors, this drink is an exquisite fusion of sweet, sour, and bitter notes that will whisk you away to an island paradise with every sip.

Ingredients

To craft this tropical masterpiece, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 45 cl Dark Rum (preferably Jamaican)
  • 15 cl Italian Bitter
  • 45 cl Pineapple Juice (freshly pressed for optimal flavor)
  • 15 cl Fresh Lime Juice
  • 10 cl Simple Syrup
  • crushed ice

Procedure

  1. Chill your glass: To prepare your glass for this luscious libation, fill it with ice and set it aside. This will ensure that the glass is cold and ready to embrace the vibrant flavors of the Jungle Bird.
  2. Build the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, pour in the 45 cl of dark rum, which will serve as the strong and sultry foundation of our cocktail. Follow this with the 15 cl of bitter, adding the necessary bitter notes that balance the drink and elevate it to a symphony of flavors.
  3. Add the fruity essence: Now, it’s time to introduce the sweetness of the tropics. Pour 45 cl of freshly pressed pineapple juice into the shaker, followed by 15 cl of fresh lime juice.
  4. Soothing sweetness: To round out the cocktail, add 10 cl of simple syrup. This will provide just the right amount of sweetness to harmonize with the other flavors and create a truly balanced masterpiece.
  5. Shake it up: Fill the shaker with ice and secure the lid. With a flourish of your wrist, give the mixture a vigorous shake for about 15-20 seconds. This will not only mix the ingredients but also chill and slightly dilute the drink, bringing out the finest nuances of each flavor.
  6. The grand reveal: Remove the ice from your now-chilled glass, fill with crushed ice and strain the contents of the shaker into it.
  7. Garnish: To complete this work of art, garnish the drink with a pineapple wedge or leaf, a cherry.

And there you have it! The Jungle Bird cocktail, a luscious and enchanting blend of flavors that will transport you to an island paradise. Close your eyes, take a sip, and let the symphony of tastes sweep you away to a world of sun, sand, and endless possibilities.

The Enchanting Tale of the Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird’s captivating history can be traced back to the Kuala Lumpur Hilton, as confirmed by John J. Poister’s 1989 publication, The New American Bartender’s Guide. This Tiki-style cocktail was concocted by the hotel’s Beverage Manager, Jeffrey Ong, as the welcome drink for the grand opening on July 6th, 1973.

The hotel’s bar, aptly named the Aviary, resonated with the Jungle Bird moniker. The Aviary provided its patrons with a unique experience, allowing them to view birds kept in a netted area near the swimming pool through a glass panel.

In its early days, the Jungle Bird was presented in a ceramic bird-shaped vessel, with patrons sipping the concoction from an opening in the tail. However, as time went on and perhaps due to thefts of these unique vessels, the presentation shifted to a stemmed wine goblet featuring an engraved bird on the side.

With this enchanting tale in mind, every sip of the Jungle Bird transports you to a bygone era, inviting you to appreciate the captivating history and the intricate craftsmanship that has gone into creating this timeless Tiki classic.

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