The Yellow Bird Cocktail Recipe

Posted in Rum on March 7, 2014

It’s summer and you feel like taking a vacation and going on a cruise? Until you might be able to do so, why don’t you get in the spirit of the summer by preparing a Yellow Bird cocktail at home? This is a tropical cocktail which is highly popular in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Some say that it is better in the islands because it is made with local rum. However, you can definitely obtain a decent version at home using your favorite rum brand.

The Yellow Bird is traditionally a girlish drink because it is very fruity in taste and because it also has a vivid color. It is actually a variation of the Screwdriver, but instead of vodka, the recipe calls for equal parts of dark and light rum. Some Galliano is also used in order to enhance the flavors and to make the drink even more delicious. However, there are also Yellow Bird recipes which contain crème de banana and pineapple juice. These are obviously even fruitier, so if you really want something exotic, you should give them a try.

The Yellow Bird cocktail is usually served in a Collins glass garnished with a maraschino cherry.

It is entirely up to you which recipe you want to try: the simple one with rum, orange juice and Galliano or the more complex one with crème de banana and pineapple juice. Take a look at them both and decide.

How to Prepare a Yellow Bird

If you want it to resemble the Screwdriver and if you want to do it faster, here is what you should buy:

  • 1 oz. of dark rum.
  • 1 oz. of light rum.
  • 1 ½ oz. of orange juice.
  • ¼ oz. of Galliano.
  • The juice from half a lime.
  • A maraschino cherry for garnish.

Put some ice in a cocktail shaker and squeeze the lime juice over it. Add the rum, the orange juice and the Galliano. Shake well and then strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

Not fruity enough for you? Try the following version.

You need the following ingredients:

  • 1 part white rum.
  • 1 part Galliano.
  • 3 part orange juice.
  • 3 part pineapple juice.
  • ½ part banana liqueur.

You can follow the same method of preparation. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice.

So, which one is better?

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