½ oz lime
¼ oz simple
1 ½ oz pineapple
¾ oz cold-pressed coffee (we used La Colombe Pure Black)
¾ oz Campari
1 ½ oz Amaro Meletti
Garnish: stick of cinnamon
Pile crushed ice high into a glass. Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice, shake hard, and strain into your glass. Grate the cinnamon stick over top, and garnish with the stick.
The Jungle Bird is a classic tiki drink, a pineappled chimera of a Negroni (gin, vermouth, campari) and a Daiquiri (rum, lime, simple). We built our Italian version around Amaro Meletti, an anisette-liquor with a rich history dating back to 1870. Founder Silvio Meletti also built a historic Art Nouveau coffee house in 1903 called Caffe Meletti, which is open to this day and was once frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre. Thus, we lengthened our version with coffee.
This refreshing stimulant is low in alcohol, a rising trend in the cocktail world. Trends are so weird! There’s no singular overlord that dictates them— it’s a reflection of the times, a reactionary collective consciousness striving to express evolving ideas. In fashion, seasonal themes are somehow echoed through many collections. Same goes for cocktails. We like a dangerous stirred drink more than anyone, but it is really nice to put away a few on a sunny afternoon and still maintain our composure. Elegant and complex, this bittersweet libation is arguably as timeless as Audrey Hepburn, the star of its namesake film.