Jungle Bird Cocktail

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Jungle Bird cocktail with fresh pineapple wedge garnish

The Jungle Bird cocktail is such a showstopper, it’s no wonder it’s Malaysia’s national drink. While it contains Campari, it differs from the classically bitter cocktails with Campari like the Negroni, as the Jungle Bird cocktail recipe makes a much sweeter sip. With caramel tones of rum, fresh sweet pineapple and lime juice, this drink is perfect for those who enjoy a sweeter drink.

What is a Jungle Bird Cocktail?

The Jungle Bird cocktail history unfolds at the Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur in 1973, where Jeffrey Ong aptly developed this welcome drink for the Aviary Bar. It was even served in crazy bird shaped containers! For a cocktail that uses Campari, it’s surprisingly sweet and not at all bitter. While the bird shaped glasses are optional, a Jungle Bird cocktail should look as tropical as it tastes so garnish with a few pineapple fronds for the final ta-da this cocktail deserves.

The Best Jungle Bird cocktail recipe

To make our Jungle Bird Cocktail recipe, you’ll need a decent Jamaican rum. We love Appleton Estate Signature Rum (it’s award winning) as it lines the palette with sweet molasses and peach notes. If you’re a rum fan, try an 8 year old reserve that gives deeper vanilla and orange flavours.

For the juice elements, choose freshly squeezed pineapple juice if you can and make sure you squeeze your limes at the last minute for the ultimate zing. Don’t forget to balance the tartness with either a store bought or homemade sugar syrup.

Rum, pineapple and lime are usual suspects in a tropical drink however this combination doesn’t often see the unexpected addition of Campari. This undeniably Italian red spirit adds a very gentle tang and complexity to this otherwise overtly sweet cocktail, offering a hint of orange and botanicals. You’ll love it, we promise!




1 Person

20 Ml

0.67 Oz

0.67 Parts

45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

fresh pineapple juice
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

lime juice, freshly squeezed
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

simple syrup
To garnish, pineapple triangles and fronds, a slice of lime (optional)
To garnish a Maraschino cherry (optional)



Add all your ingredients to a jug or shaker  


 Add a handful of ice and shake until ice-cold 


Strain into a tumbler over fresh ice 


Garnish with pineapple triangles and fronds 

Creating the pineapple garnish

To garnish your Jungle Bird, pull three fronds from a fresh pineapple, trim them and poke them into your drink. For extra jazz, skewer a maraschino cherry through the white frond ends and into a pineapple wedge and rest in your glass.

Serving the Jungle Bird Cocktail

When you’re craving a refreshing sweet sip, a Jungle Bird cocktail is a must. It has all the tropical flavours you need to transport yourself to the beach. Serve at summer get-togethers around the BBQ as it pairs perfectly with grilled meats or veggies. Salty snacks like nuts and olives are also a great match.


If you’re new to Campari, our Jungle Bird is a fabulous doorway into the delicious complexity this spirit adds to cocktail. You’ll love this drink just like we do! Try some of our other cocktails using it like the classic Negroni or a Garibaldi, you’ll most probably polish off a bottle way before it’s optimum life span of 6-8 months

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