If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, chances are someone has tried to hand you a Yellow Bird. The drink has become synonymous with sand, sun, and tropical vacations, reminiscent of other Tiki drinks like the Zombie and Mai Tai.
The Yellow Bird’s signature colour comes from Galliano, a sweet Italian liqueur with strong notes of vanilla and anise. If you don’t like the taste of Triple Sec or want to boost the rum flavour, substitute with a shot of dark or golden rum.
Other versions suggest adding Crème de Bananes and pineapple juice, making the cocktail much sweeter than the original recipe which is listed as an official New Era drink by the International Bartenders Association. You’ll find that adding any other ingredients will overpower the distinctive taste of the Galliano and hint of orange from the Triple Sec. If you like the idea of a banana flavoured drink, try making a Buffalo Milk cocktail instead.
If it’s pouring rain and you’re stuck inside, whip up a few Yellow Birds, close your eyes, and try to imagine the sand between your toes. Steel drum band not included.
Here’s the recipe for making a Yellow Bird Cocktail:
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all ingredients
- Shake vigorously
- Strain into a hurricane glass
- Garnish with an orange wedge
- Cocktail shaker
- Orange wedge