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Two Jungle Bird cocktails in highball glasses on a gold tray on a coral top with a blue background

Jungle Bird Cocktail

Prepare the Chipotle Simple Syrup up to a week in advance and store in the fridge.
Course Drinks, Libations
Cuisine Ethnic
Keyword jungle bird, rum
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 344kcal


  • cocktail shaker


For the Chipotle Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder (or chipotle syrup strained from a can)

For the Jungle Bird Cocktail

  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Campari
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle simple syrup

Optional Garnish

  • maraschino cherries
  • pineapple wedges
  • pineapple leaves


Make the Chipotle Simple Syrup (up to one week ahead)

  • In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, water, and chipotle pepper powder.
    Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Once the syrup comes to a boil, allow it to boil for 30 seconds. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool completely on the countertop.
    You can make the chipotle simple syrup a week ahead and store it in a jar in the fridge. Shake the syrup vigorously to mix the pepper in case of settling.

Prepare the Jungle Bird Cocktail

  • Into a large shaker, filled halfway with ice cubes, pour the pineapple juice, dark rum, lime juice, Campari, and simple syrup to taste. 
  • Cap the shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds- 1 minute, or until the outside of the shaker frosts over. 
  • Divide the mixed jungle bird cocktail equally among two highball glasses filled with crushed ice.
    Garnish the cocktails with simple wedge of pineapple or your preferred garnish. Serve with a straw for sipping.
  • Enjoy immediately after pouring over ice.
    Cheers! (And enjoy responsibly, please!)


Swaps and Substitutions:

Omit the chipotle pepper powder in the simple syrup if you're not a fan of heat. 
Use amber or spiced rum instead of dark rum. 
Instead of pineapple juice, try passion fruit or guava juice. Both have a sweet-tart quality that mimics pineapple juice.  
Aperol is a swap for the Campari if you prefer a less bitter flavor. 

For Pitcher Jungle Birds:

4 1/2 cups pineapple juice
2 1/4 cups dark rum
1 1/4 cups lime juice
1/2 cup Campari
1/2 cup Chipotle Simple Syrup
Combine the ingredients with a whisk in a large pitcher. Store it without ice in the fridge to keep it chilled. 
Pour individual servings over ice and garnish as desired. 


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg