Tipped off by a piece in the New York Times a few weeks ago, I mixed myself a Jungle Bird. How could anything containing rum, Campari and pineapple juice possibly disappoint? Purportedly best with funky blackstrap rum (of which Ontario has none), you can up the funk factor with blackstrap molasses, but good cane sugar syrup is far easier on the palate. Try one and officially share my addiction.
- 1½ oz dark rum
- (Gosling's, Havana Club 7 or El Dorado 8)
- ¾ oz Campari
- 1½ oz fresh pineapple juice
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- ¼ - ½ oz cane sugar syrup (1:1 can sugar to water), or try blackstrap molasses syrup if you dig strong flavours
Shake all ingredients well and strain into a cocktail glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with pineapple fronds, maybe a mini umbrella.