Jungle juice

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Jungle juice is the name given to an improvised mix of liquor that is usually served for group consumption.[1] There are countless recipes and even websites devoted solely to jungle juice.[2][3] The term has also been used for similar less-than-reputable alcoholic concoctions.[4]


There are several popular explanations regarding the origin of the name. Generally, it is believed that the name originated in the South West Pacific theatre of World War II, where American soldiers improvised such a concoction using any commonly available materials in the surrounding jungles for fermentation, distillation and flavoring.[5][6] The characteristics of this concoction leading to its legendary status are its relative inexpensiveness and potency.

Other uses[edit]

"Jungle Juice" was the title of a track composed by jazz pianist Horace Silver and recorded, on March 29, 1968, for his album Serenade to a Soul Sister.[7]

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  1. ^ The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: J-Z By Eric Partridge p.1132
  2. ^ "Preparing Jungle Juice Recipes". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "How to Make Jungle Juice". Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ War slang: American fighting words and phrases since the Civil War By Paul Dickson p.180
  5. ^ "Jungle Juice". Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English. Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. ©2003–2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Wilbur, Kenzi. "The Twisted History of Jungle Juice". PUNCH. The Crown Publishing Group. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
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