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Yellow Bird Cocktail Recipe

Oct 06, 2017 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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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:

Ingredients

  • 30ml White rum
  • 15ml Galliano
  • 15ml Triple Sec
  • 15ml lime juice
  • Orange wedge to garnish

Preparation

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add all ingredients
  3. Shake vigorously
  4. Strain into a hurricane glass
  5. Garnish with an orange wedge

Equipment

TAGS

cocktail, orange, yellow

ABOUT AUTHOR

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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

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