Jungle Bird Cocktail Recipe + How To Shoot With Shadows
Sip on something fun and refreshing for the springtime! The Jungle Bird is a unique rum-based cocktail that transports you somewhere tropical. P.S. I’ll show you exactly how I shot this delicious libation, so you can recreate it!Jump to Recipe
The Jungle Bird is one of my favorite rum-based cocktails. It’s slightly sweet with bright citrus notes, so you feel like you’re somewhere warm and tropical when you’re drinking it. It’s made with 5 ingredients including rum, Campari, lime juice, pineapple juice, and simple syrup. This mixed drink is just as easy to make as it is to enjoy.
Travis and I will be heading out of the country to Portugal for a few weeks and what better way to get in the vacation spirit than with the Jungle Bird cocktail?! It incorporates all the elements that remind me of being somewhere new and exciting.
P.S. Keep reading to see how we created these fun photos with the palm frond shadow!
You only need 5 ingredients to craft up this cocktail, see what I used:
The Jungle Bird is as simple as it gets. Grab your cocktail shaker and preferred cocktail glass and shake up this refreshing libation.
Start by adding all of the cocktail ingredients – rum, your liqueur of choice, pineapple juice, lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously, until the outside of the shaker is chilled.
Next, strain the mixture into a cocktail glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice, pineapple fronds, and lime slice, if desired but highly recommended! Enjoy.
One of our fav ways to add vacation vibes to our shots is experimenting with light, shadows, and props. We shot this Jungle Bird cocktail using a palm leaf shadow to create hard shadows. So, I wanted to share how we did it!
1️⃣ Set up hard lighting: We used one artificial light with no attachments or diffusion to get crisp defined shadows.
2️⃣ Position the light: The height and position of your light are what control your shadows. So we went high and to the side so the palm shadow would come down into the scene.
3️⃣ Position your prop: We played around with the palm leave until we got a shot we loved.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video!
If you’re interested in taking Insta-worthy photos of your cocktails too, check out my free training on how to take Food & Drink Photos on a Budget!
And if you aren’t already, definitely follow me on Instagram and Facebook, to make sure you never miss a recipe, get tons of behind-the-scenes pics of everything I’m shaking up, shooting, and enjoying!