Yellow Bird Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Yellow Bird cocktail is a tropical drink with a history dating back to the 1960s. It is believed to have originated in the Caribbean, where it was named after the popular song 'Yellow Bird', which was a hit in the region at the time. The cocktail quickly gained popularity among tourists visiting the Caribbean islands, and it remains a favorite among those who enjoy fruity, tropical drinks.

  • The Yellow Bird is often associated with beach vacations and tropical getaways
  • It is a popular choice for those who enjoy fruity and refreshing cocktails
  • The cocktail is sometimes served with a decorative bird-shaped garnish to pay homage to its name

How Yellow Bird Tastes?

The Yellow Bird cocktail has a sweet and fruity taste, with a hint of sourness from the lime juice. It is a well-balanced drink that is both refreshing and flavorful. The combination of rum, Galliano, and fruit juices creates a tropical and exotic flavor profile that is perfect for warm weather and beachside sipping.

Interesting facts about Yellow Bird

  • The Yellow Bird is sometimes referred to as a 'tiki cocktail' due to its tropical flavors and presentation
  • The cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass, which is a tall, curvy glass that is perfect for showcasing the vibrant colors of the drink
  • The Yellow Bird can be easily customized by adding different fruit juices or adjusting the proportions of the ingredients to suit individual tastes


White Rum

At 1.5 oz, white rum provides the perfect kick without sinking the other flavors – it's the backbone of your cocktail jungle gym. Too much rum will not only make the birds tweet louder in your head, but will overshadow the delicate balance we’re aiming for.

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Exactly 0.5 ozof this sweet, herbal liqueur introduces a hint of vanilla and anise. Imagine removing Galliano... You’d miss that haunting whisper of Italian herbs in this tropical choir!

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Triple Sec

Pour in 0.5 oz to bring in a citrus edge; it's the zesty friend who lights up the party but knows not to outshine the guest of honor. Leave it out, and you'll find your Yellow Bird could use some pep.

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Fresh Lime Juice

Just 0.5 oz adds vibrancy, giving your cocktail a handshake firm enough to be remembered. Less lime juice, and the cocktail becomes a wallflower; too much, and it'll pucker up like it's going for the world record in lemon tasting.

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Pineapple Juice

1.5 oz is the liquid embodiment of a beach holiday. This tropical traveler adds sweetness and makes everything more fun. Forget it, and the cocktail loses its sunny disposition.

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Orange Juice

Again, 1.5 oz echoes the tropical theme. It's like sunrays in your glass. Without it, you'll have a cocktail that’s spent too much time in the shade.

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Optional Garnish

The maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge don't just sit pretty – they’re the final flourish, the signature on this sweet and sour masterpiece. Don't skip on these if you want to go full tropical!

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Recipe. How to make Yellow Bird Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the white rum, Galliano, triple sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice
  3. Shake well until chilled and well-mixed
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Optional: garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh fruit juices for a more refreshing taste
  • Chill the glasses before serving for a cooler drink

Perfect Pairings


The light and fruity profile of the Yellow Bird makes it an excellent companion for grilled shrimp or ceviche. Its citrus notes complement the delicate flavors of seafood.


A classic chicken salad with tropical fruits would play well with the cocktail’s vibrant flavors. The refreshing tang of the Yellow Bird will enhance the salad without overpowering it.


Simple canapés such as cheese and crackers or prosciutto-wrapped melon provide a subtle backdrop that allows the flavors of the cocktail to shine.


Finish your meal with a dessert like lemon or mango sorbet which will mirror the citrusy and sweet notes of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Yellow Bird

  • White rum can be replaced with dark rum for a deeper flavor
  • Galliano can be substituted with Anisette for a different taste
  • Triple sec can be replaced with Cointreau for a more refined flavor

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Spiced Yellow Bird

  • Add a pinch of ground nutmeg to the cocktail shaker.
  • Replace white rum with spiced rum. The addition of spiced rum and nutmeg will add a warming spice compliment that heats up the tropical notes, perfect for when the weather is a little less sunny.

Blue Bird

  • Substitute Blue Curaçao for Triple Sec.
  • Garnish with a slice of starfruit. This twist turns the cocktail a mesmerizing azure, while the starfruit garnish beams like a star in your tropical sky. Expect a sweeter, slightly more bitter edge from the Blue Curaçao.

Blushing Bird

  • Reduce orange juice to 1 oz.
  • Add 0.5 oz of cranberry juice. A blush of cranberry juice introduces a tart edge and a rosy hue, giving the Yellow Bird a touch of elegance and a punchier taste that's sure to captivate the more adventurous palates.

In case you forgot basics how to make Yellow Bird

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Yellow Bird

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Yellow Bird cocktail?

Yes, you can prepare a Virgin Yellow Bird by substituting the alcoholic ingredients with similar tasting non-alcoholic options. Use virgin rum, an anise flavored syrup instead of Galliano, and orange extract instead of Triple sec.

What other cocktails can be made with these ingredients?

The ingredients in the Yellow Bird recipe can be used in many cocktails. For instance, white rum is a common ingredient in Mojitos and Daiquiris, orange juice is used in Screwdrivers, and pineapple juice is a staple in the classic Pina Colada.

Is Yellow Bird a classic cocktail?

While its popularity has grown since the 1960s, Yellow Bird is not classified as a classic cocktail which typically have origins dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.

How can I make my Yellow Bird cocktail sweeter?

If you find the Yellow Bird not sweet enough, you can add a small amount of simple syrup or sugar to it. Remember to adjust the sweetness slowly, tasting as you go.

What foods pair well with the Yellow Bird cocktail?

The Yellow Bird cocktail pairs well with light appetizers and seafood dishes due to its fruity and tropical flavor profile.

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