Yellow Bird (cocktail)

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Yellow Bird
IBA official cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
IBA specified
PreparationShake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
TimingAll Day
dagger Yellow Bird recipe at International Bartenders Association

Yellow Bird is a Caribbean cocktail beverage.[1][2]


The origins of the yellow bird name is unclear.[3] Some sources mention that the cocktail was named after the Haitian tune "Yellow Bird,"[3][4] that was first rewritten in English in 1957[3] that became a sort of national anthem of the Caribbean due to the popularity of Harry Belafonte's recording.[4] Hawaiian singer Arthur Lyman, one of the influencers of the tiki culture's exotica music, released a version of the song which rose to #4 in July 1961 on the Billboard charts and was played weekly at Shell Bar in The Hawaii Village, a possible birthplace of the cocktail.[3]

Others argue that it was not named after the song and obtains the name from its sunny color resulting from Galliano, a golden, anise-flavored Italian liqueur[5] or from its color combination of yellow and orange fruits that are accompanied by a golden rum.[6] It is worth mentioning that this IBA does not include this latter ingredient.[7]


  1. ^ Regan, Mardee Haidin (2003). "The Bartender's Best Friend: A Complete Guide to Cocktails, Martinis, and Mixed Drinks". p. 332. ISBN 0471227218. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ Yellow Bird The Palm Beach Post - Jun 25, 1972
  3. ^ a b c d Charming, Cheryl (2009). "Knack Bartending Basics: More than 400 Classic and Contemporary Cocktails for Any Occasion". Rowman & Littlefield. p. 101. ISBN 9781599217727. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Harris, Jessica B. (2009). "Rum Drinks: 50 Caribbean Cocktails, From Cuba Libre to Rum Daisy". p. 110. ISBN 9780811866996. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  5. ^ Creen, Linette (1991). "A Taste of Cuba: Recipes from the Cuban-American Community". Dutton. p. 292. ISBN 9780525249702. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. ^ Dedeaux, Devra (1989). "Sugar Reef Caribbean Cooking". McGraw-Hill. p. 203. ISBN 9780070624573. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. ^ International Bar Association (IBA)

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