Yellow Bird Cocktail Recipe


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This cocktail recipe comes in a variety of different methods. The recipe that I am choosing to go with actually comes from the king of cocktails himself, Dale DeGroff. This recipe appears in Dales book, the Craft of the Cocktail. You can find it by going here. (Yes, it is an affiliate link.)

For this recipe you’re going to need a few different liquors here. First start off with a Rum. I used a local distillery, but something like a Bacardi would be just fine here as well. Next grab an Orange Liqueur. I used Cointreau, but something like Triple Sec or Gran Marnier is a great pick as well. However the last liquor is a MUST, Galliano. Galliano is what gives this drink the yellow color and a nice little touch of herbal flavor. Once you have this you’ll need to get a couple limes and you’re ready to get this going.

Start off by adding the liquor to a shaker tin. You’ll need 2 oz of Rum, 1/2 oz of the Orange Liqueur, and 1/2 oz Galliano. Squeeze 3/4 oz of lime juice into the tin as well and fill with ice. Shake this drink for about 10 to 15 seconds to give it a really nice chill and strain off into a chilled Cocktail glass.

Garnish this with a lime twist or even just a slice of lime peel would be nice also. I suggest you peel it right over the drink to get some of the essential oils in the peel into the drink also. MMMMMMMmmmmmmmm. This drink has a nice flavor and a cool yellow color.

Yellow Bird Cocktail

The Yellow Bird comes in a couple variations, but this particular one is a nice version that comes with Rum and Galliano (that's where the yellow comes in).
Servings: 1 drink


  • 2 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Galliano
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau Triple Sec and Gran Marnier work also.
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice


  • Add all liquid ingredients into a shaker glass.
  • Fill shaker 2/3 with ice and shake for about 10 seconds until shaker becomes icy.
  • Strain cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Use a lime peel or twist as a garnish.

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