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Aperol Beyond the Spritz: Bird of Paradise

Mason jar cocktail with a pleasing pink liquid and a deep blue backdrop. Lemon slice to garnish. All on a wood table.

A terrific way to enjoy Aperol when you want to go beyond the spritz. Here we use an overproof rum, pineapple and lime juice, for an absolutely banger of a riff on that modern tiki classic, The Jungle Bird. 

You know what they say... better a bird in the hand than two in the bush!  We'll definitely drink to that.

Bird of Paradise


.25 oz simple syrup
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Smith and Cross Jamaican Rum
1 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz freshly-squeezed lime juice
pineapple frond or mint leaves to garnish


Add all ingredients (except garnish) to a shaker with ice.  Shake until very cold.  Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice. Use pineapple front or a mint leaf, gently slapped, to garnish. 

Check out another Aperol Beyond the Spritz cocktail here.

Comments on this post (2)

  • Aug 10, 2023

    I love Jungle Birds, but due had difficulty finding Campari. I started making them with Aperol and basically ended up with your recipe for Bird of Paradise but I use orgeat in place of the simple syrup delicious!

    — Robert

  • Feb 17, 2023

    Hey! My partner and I love watching your channel and trying the cocktails you make. Do you have a cocktail book you’d recommend?

    — Jess

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