We all know Jungle Juice as the centerpiece of college house parties, but it has a storied history that dates back long before it hit the fraternity circuit. American soldiers stationed in the South Pacific during WWII were prohibited from importing liquor, so they began distilling their own alcohol from the surrounding wildlife. That’s where the boozy concoction got it’s name—these guys were literally making “jungle juice.”
The punch made its way to the United States, along with tiki drinks and Hawaiian shirts, when soldiers returned from the war. But they left the fermented exotic fruit juices behind, replacing them with bottom shelf swill or whatever random bottles could be found around the house. While we already elevated the Jungle Juice recipe into a potent drink delicious enough to sip even after you’ve graduated college, sometimes you need to wing it with the spirits, mixers and fruit you have on hand. But because “winging it” so often results in undrinkable plonk, we came up with a simple formula that is absolutely foolproof. Next time you’re concocting the collegiate classic, turn to this Simple Jungle Juice recipe—it’s sweet, easy-drinking and very boozy.