Most jungle juice mixtures contain large quantities of hard alcohol mixed with a variety of fruit juices. For example, jungle juice may contain Everclear, rum, gin, tequila, vodka, mixed with orange, grapefruit, grape, apple, pineapple, or other juices for flavor and to stretch the quantity of alcohol. In addition, some jungle juice batches contain chunks of various fruits, such as pineapples, watermelons, or grapes. Another common recipe for large batches mixes Everclear and frozen juice concentrate in a large container, such as a garbage can, diluted with tap water to the desired strength. Jungle juice can also be made with Kool-Aid; this is sometimes called "Hunch Punch." A gin-based drink is the gin bucket, containing gin, fruits, and Fresca and served out of a suitably sized bucket.
Jungle juice is sometimes called spodie (suh-pO-dee) or wop. (Rhythm and blues singer-guitarist-songwriter Stick McGhee, the brother of blues legend Brownie McGhee, celebrated the concoction under both names in two of his songs, "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" and "Jungle Juice"; an allmusic.com profile of the bluesman suggests the former song may have helped give jungle juice the nickname "spodie.") It is often an inexpensive means of getting many people intoxicated at parties. Every celebrant brings something to contribute to the festivities. Any fruit juice or soda is an acceptable addition to the mix. Fruit-based and neutral alcohols are also good. Brown alcohols, especially whiskey, are not used, as they make the wop unpalatable, nor beer, which creates an unpleasant flavor. The fruit is usually eaten as well, as it will have absorbed considerable alcohol.
There are countless recipes and even websites devoted solely to jungle juice.
The term has also been used for similar less-than-reputable alcoholic concoctions.
There are several popular explanations regarding the origin of the name. Generally, it is believed that the name originates from the drink's potency, causing an extreme state of inebriation and thus causing the drinker to exhibit animal-like behavior. Alternatively it has been suggested that the pioneers of the drink were soldiers in the military stationed in a jungle, who threw together what alcohol and other drinks they had.
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