How to Make a Yellow Bird Drink


With a mix of sweet tropical fruit juices, the Yellow Bird sounds more like a cloying smoothie than a cocktail, but it works, thanks to Galliano. Galliano, an herb-based liqueur containing star anise, vanilla and lavender, reels in the Yellow Bird's sweetness and marries it with its primary and secondary liquors, light rum and vodka. Variations abound, but the light-and-dark yellow bird and country singer Trisha Yearwood's Old Yeller showcase the drink's range.

Things You'll Need

  • Highball, hurricane glass or Collins glass
  • Cocktail shaker or blender
  • Classic:
  • Vodka
  • Galliano
  • 151-proof light rum
  • Sweet and sour mix
  • Orange slice, lime wedge or pineapple chunk
  • Light-and-Dark:
  • Lime juice
  • Light rum
  • Dark rum
  • Fresh mint
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Candied orange slice
  • Old Yeller:
  • Banana liqueur
  • Spiced rum
  • Orange juice
  • Frozen pineapple chunks

Classic Yellow Bird

  • Add 1 part vodka, 1 part Galliano and 2 parts 151-proof light rum to a highball or hurricane glass.

  • Pour 8 parts sweet and sour mix into a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice and shake it vigorously.

  • Pour the sweet and sour into the glass. Garnish the drink with an orange slice, a lime wedge or a pineapple chunk.

Light-and-Dark Yellow Bird

  • Fill a Collins glass half full of crushed ice.

  • Add 1 part Galliano, 2 parts lime juice, 4 parts light rum and 4 parts dark rum to a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice and shake.

  • Pour the yellow bird over the ice. Garnish with fresh mint, a stem-on cherry and a candied orange slice.

Trisha Yearwood's Old Yeller

  • Add 1 part banana liqueur, 2 parts orange juice, 3 parts spiced rum and 12 parts frozen pineapple chunks to a blender and mix until smooth.

  • Check the consistency and adjust as needed with more frozen pineapple or orange juice.

  • Pour the Old Yeller in a chilled Collins glass and garnish with orange slices.

Tips & Warnings

  • Blend the ingredients used for a classic or light-and-dark yellow bird with ice to make their frozen variations.

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