Junglee Bird Cocktail

Junglee Bird Cocktail
A spicy mango syrup and a touch of saline solution are teamed with the usual rum and Campari in this modern take on the classic tiki cocktail Jungle Bird.Thomas Payne

"In Hindi, the word junglee means 'from the wild,'" says Ashwin Vilkhu, whose family owns the beloved New Orleans restaurant Saffron. "My mother would call me junglee as a kid because I was a bit of a handful. I wanted to riff on one of my favorite tiki cocktails, the classic Jungle Bird, as it's got a touch of bitterness with ripe pineapple flavors." Vilkhu's Jungle Bird variation contrasts elements of the traditional rum-based recipe with a Punjabi-inspired mango syrup and a touch of kosher salt solution.

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