This Rum and Ramazzotti cocktail is a variation on a Jungle Bird, a classic Tiki cocktail with rum and pineapple. By substituting out the Campari for Ramazzotti liqueur, it completely changes the drink. The result is a refreshing drink but with richer tasting notes, like brown sugar, cola and caramel.
Changing up the Jungle Bird
The Jungle Bird is a classic cocktail made with rum, Campari, pineapple, lime juice and simple syrup. The resulting drink is beautifully balanced. The sweetness of the pineapple and syrup, the bitterness of the Campari and the sourness of the lime juice all blend together beautifully.
Whereas a Jungle Bird has the astringency of the Campari, Ramazzotti has a completely different flavor profile. It's not as bitter, and is overall sweeter with notes of molasses, anise and cola.
Because the Ramazzotti is not as bitter, there was no need to add the extra simple syrup to balance it out. The lime and pineapple add sour and sweet notes, and dark rum is the backbone. I used Plantation 5 Year Grand Reserve Rum, which is a really delicious dark rum at a good price point.
Making the Cocktail
Since this is a tiki cocktail, it's all about the garnish! Prep a wedge of fresh pineapple to sit on the side of the glass. Then slice a thin wheel of lime and thread a cocktail pick through one side of the lime. Add a maraschino cherry to the pick, then thread it through the lime again and add it to the top of the pineapple wedge.
Building the Drink and Serving
To build the drink, start by adding the freshly squeezed lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Add the rum, Ramazzotti and pineapple juice to the shaker, and fill it with ice.
Prepare your serving glass by filling it with ice as well. Shake the cocktail vigorously to dilute and chill it, and strain it into the serving glass. Last, add your prepared garnish to the glass. Then head outside to bask in the sunshine and sip on your creation!
This drink is great when served over nugget ice or crushed ice. I love these little nugget ice trays! They make such cute ice. There are also nugget ice makers like the GE Opal nugget ice maker. It's like having Sonic ice in your house every day!
For an easy (and, honestly, pretty fun) way to make crushed ice, you can just take regular freezer ice and crush it in a Lewis bag with a mallet. Just note that the crushed ice will melt a little faster than the nugget ice.
Other Drinks You Might Like
Looking for more tropical flavors? Try out this Passionfruit Mango Sour, or a classic Painkiller Cocktail. This Dragon Fruit Mojito is as tasty as it is beautiful, and the Kiwi Chartreuse Daiquiri is another colorful, rum-based cocktail.
Rum and Ramazzotti
- Knife and cocktail pick for the garnish (optional)
- Serving glass
- Create your garnish by cutting a wedge of fresh pineapple. Thread a cocktail pick through a thin lime wheel wrapped around a maraschino cherry, and stick the pick into the pineapple.
- Add the fresh lime juice, Ramazzotti, rum and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake until chilled.
- Fill your serving glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the serving glass.
- Add your garnish to the serving glass and serve immediately.