If You’re A Bird, Then I’m A (Jungle) Bird Cocktail

Low carb jungle bird cocktail

“Every great love starts with a great story…” – The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks 

Here we are friends! Another Friday, and another week of the Bon Appeteach “Book Club”! I’m kicking off week two of our Summer of Love themed book club series, with a serious classic… The Notebook. I know you love this as much as me, don’t deny it. In truth, I’m one of the least romantic, lovey-dovey, type woman in my opinion and even I appreciate the awesomeness that is this novel. 

But I also appreciate a good cocktail more. #justsaying

This week’s inspiration comes from a classic tiki style cocktail, called the Jungle Bird. It was first created in the 1970’s and features a dark rum paired with campari (a little bitter) and pineapple juice (a little sweet). I was inspired to find a way to make this drink a little lower in carbs, without compromising flavor.

Which, thankfully I feel like I achieved (this is probably my favorite go-to low carb drink to date now). Find the full recipe for my If You’re A Bird, Then I’m A (Jungle) Bird Cocktail below!

Jungle Bird Cocktail

A (Jungle) Bird Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz Dark Rum
  • . 50 oz.  Campari
  • .50 oz. Lime Juice
  • .50 oz Keto Simple Syrup
  • Top with Pineapple Seltzer ( I used the sparkling ICE brand)

Shaken, Not Stirred-

I truly love a good tiki cocktail and this low carb riff on a classic Jungle Bird, doesn’t disappoint! Start with an ice shaker and your favorite clack rum (I used Gosling’s brand).

Add in the campari and the keto simple syrup and lime juice. Shake well over the ice and then strain into a glass. You can use regular pineapple juice for a non-low carb option or try the Pineapple ICE sparkling water and top the drink off to taste. 

It’s bright and refreshing, not too sweet and well rounded from a slight bitterness thanks the campari. I like to garnish with three pineapple leaves and a real maraschino cherry too. I find that tiki cocktails are ideal anytime of year, but love them especially during the hot summer months. If you’re a fan of tiki cocktails too, be sure to check out my recipe for a classic Grog cocktail as well! 

Jungle Bird Cocktail

Cheers! Don’t forget to follow along and watch me make my cocktails live each Friday at 5 pm. central time over on Instagram too!

Bon Appeteach,


Jungle Bird Cocktail

If You're A Bird, Then I'm A (Jungle) Bird Cocktail

A low carb riff on a classic jungle bird cocktail inspired by the novel, the Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: "Book" Club
Cuisine: Cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Bon Appeteach


  • 1.5 oz Black Rum I used Gosling's
  • . 50 oz. Campari
  • .50 oz. Lime Juice
  • .50 oz Keto Simple Syrup
  • Top with Pineapple Seltzer I used the sparkling ICE brand


  • In a cocktail shaker over crushed ice, combine the rum, campari, and lime juice. Shake until chilled and pour all the contents into a rocks glass. Top with the pineapple seltzer to taste and garnish with a lime wedge, pineapple leaves and a maraschino cherry.

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