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Today for #NationalWatermelonDay, I have a watermelon twist on one of my favorite tiki cocktails, the Jungle Bird. The Jungle Bird combines blackstrap rum, pineapple juice, and Campari for a sweet and bitter drink that’s like nothing else I’ve ever tasted. For my variation, which I will aptly call The Bayou Bird, I swap out the base spirit of rum for blanco tequila and replace the tart pineapple with ripe watermelon. Don’t get hung up on the name, it just sounded right. The refreshing mix of tequila, citrus and super sweet watermelon is tampered by the bite of the Luxardo Bitter Bianco (a clear bitter liqueur that doesn’t use any artifical colors or flavors). If you can’t find Bitter Bianco, Campari is totally fine and you could even sub in Aperol if you wanted to. The choice is yours.
Here’s what you’ll need
The Bayou Bird
- 2oz blanco tequila
- 1oz fresh watermelon juice (feel free to throw in some watermelon chunks into your shaker too)
- 1oz fresh lime juice
- .75oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco (or Campari)
- .25oz passionfruit syrup (simple syrup or agave works great too)
Place all ingredients into your tin, shake and strain into a rocks glass on ice. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.