Jungle Juice on a summer terrace

Jungle Juice: Time to Get Lost

Jungle Juice on a summer terrace

This jungle juice recipe has been handed down from generation to generation and has changed much along the way as innovative bartenders try to outdo each other. This recipe was rooted in the American soldiers’ desire to lighten the reality of the war they were in during World War II. Making do with their limited resources, they concocted a drink by throwing in whatever they have on hand, hence the name “jungle juice”.

Jump to Jungle Juice Recipe

Make sure that the alcohol content in this juice recipe is not more than 20% of the punch or you’re bound to be punched some time during the night. You want to keep the alcohol so you can relax and enjoy it.

Budget Jungle Juice 

2 glasses of budget jungle juice


How to Make

  1. In a large container, add all the ingredients together.
  2. Add sliced fruits in a Collins glass before serving.

Here’s a jungle juice recipe that calls for steeping the fruits overnight. Which is better?

Jungle Juice Punch

Two-layer cocktail with cranberry, vodka, rosemary


How to Make

  1. Cut up dehulled strawberries into quarters.
  2. Cut the oranges into wedges.
  3. In a large jar, put the cut up fruits.
  4. Pour in the liquid ingredients.
  5. Let sit in the refrigerator overnight for a better tasting punch.
  6. Serve in a Collins glass.

Thanksgiving Jungle Juice

Jungle Juice Punch


  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 4 c. ginger ale
  • 3 c. cranberry juice
  • 2/3 c. whiskey
  • 2 c. frozen cranberries
  • 1  orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 apple, cut into thin slices

How to Make

  1. Combine all ingredients together.
  2. Add the frozen cranberry to let it thaw and cool the punch.
  3. Just before serving in a highball glass, add the remaining fruits.

Know Your Ingredients!

  • Vodka  - a distilled spirit made most commonly from grains or potatoes with an alcohol content of 40%
  • Whiskey - a strong alcoholic drink made from cereals
  • Red wine - made from grains, distilled and aged
  • Ginger ale - a nonalcoholic drink used in cocktails and punches and is loved by its mild ginger taste
  • Rum - an alcoholic drink made from cane sugar; it is slightly sweet

 Bar Accessories

  • Collins glass - a tall glass with a capacity of 8-10 oz
  • Highball glass - a skinnier glass than a Collins glass but it has a capacity of up to 14 oz
  • Jigger - used to measure the ingredients for cocktails and punches

The Rise in Fame

Jungle juice is largely popular in South Africa with a small following in the US, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

The Perfect Pair

Here are some food pairing suggestions to help you enjoy your parties more. These are all finger foods perfect for the party scene that this much alcohol and drinks would entail.

Perfect to serve on bamboo skewers for easy picking, this deep-fried cheesecake filled strawberry is a sure winner. You can also skewer sausages cut in 1/2” sizes together with olives and maraschino cherries for a sweet and savory party pick-me-up. If you want something exotic with a twist, try this mussel with wine and chorizo.

You can also try this grilled chicken wings is easily everybody’s favorite. Add a little spunk to it by adding cayenne pepper powder to the marinade. And who doesn’t love tapas? These are some food that you can fall in love over and over again.

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