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Jungle juice is the name given to a mix of liquor that is usually served for group consumption.

Most jungle juice mixtures contain large quantities of hard alcohol mixed with arbitrary juices. For example, jungle juice may contain rum, gin, tequila, vodka, and whiskey, mixed with orange, grapefruit, grape, apple, pineapple, or other juices for flavor and to stretch the quantity of alcohol. In addition, most jungle juice batches contain chunks of various fruits, such as pineapples, watermelons, or grapes. Another common recipe for large batches mixes Everclear and frozen juice concentrate in a large container, such as a garbage can, diluted with tap water to the desired strength. Jungle juice can also be made with Kool-Aid; this is sometimes called "Hunch Punch." A gin-based drink is the Gin bucket, containing gin, fruits, and Fresca and served out of a suitably sized bucket.

In different areas, Jungle Juice is also called Spodie (suh-pO-dee) or "wop". It is often an inexpensive means of getting many people intoxicated at parties. Every celebrant brings something to contribute to the festivities. Any fruit juice or soda is an acceptable addition to the mix. Fruit-based and neutral alcohols are also good. Brown alcohols, especially whiskey, make the wop unpalatable. Beer is strictly forbidden as it creates an unpleasant flavor. Special attention must be paid to consuming any fresh fruits that have been added to the wop, as fruit absorbs alcohol.

Jungle juice is popular on college campuses in the United States.

Because of its haphazard assembly nature, there is no preferred way to create Jungle Juice. Several recipe variations can be found on the web.[1]


There are several popular explanations regarding the origin of the name. Generally, it is believed that the name originates from the drink's potency, causing an extreme state of inebriation and thus causing the drinker to exhibit animal-like behavior. Alternatively it has been suggested that the pioneers of the drink were soldiers in the military stationed in a jungle, who threw together what alcohol and other drinks they had.[2]

Other uses

Jungle Juice is also a 2002 South Korean action/comedy film, starring Hyuk Jang and Beom-se Lang. It was directed by Min-ho Cho.[3]

Hunch Punch, Hairy Buffalo, Panty Dropping Punch, and Purple Jesus are other common names for the potent concoction. This mixture was also called "blog" (not to be confused with the shortened form of weblog) when served at science fiction conventions.

In October 2007, twenty students from Liverpool Hope University were taken to hospital after experiencing projectile vomiting and screaming having drank a litre each of jungle juice. This has since led to the drink being named "Twenty Menz," in some areas of Liverpool.

An Atlantic Monthly short story described Jungle Juice as being prepared in the Navy serving in tropical areas by pouring assorted juice concentrates in a jerrycan, diluting that with water, and letting it sit in the sun so the mix would ferment - no additional alcohol was part of the mix, the US Navy being 'dry' at the time.

In Australia Jungle Juice refers to a cask wine (goon) and vodka based punch, mixed with soft drink and juice concentrate or cordial. Orange or tropical are the most common flavours of jungle juice, however raspberry, lime and sarsaparilla juices have been experimented with. It is commonly made up in eskys or buckets.

Jungle Juice is also a nickname given to the health beverage XANGO, as its main ingredient is the mangosteen fruit which is found in Southeast Asia, and mostly grows wild in tropical rain forests.

Jungle Juice is also the name of a juice drink that is sold in Memphis, Tennessee, popularly known in the city for its very cheap price.

Jungle Juice is also a brand of wine made and marketed in Northern Kentucky, alluding to the popularity of the Cincinnati Bengals Football Team. The grapes used to make Jungle Juice come from Paris, Kentucky.

Jungle Juice is also the nickname given to certain blends of gasoline that used to be used in Formula One and other related series, most notably AGIP's blend during the 1990s.

DEET-based insect repellent is sold by REI under the brand name Jungle Juice.

"Jungle Juice" is also the (premium) brand name of one of many different nitrite-based liquid inhalants, more commonly known as "poppers," primarily used during sexual encounters to intensify sensation and prolong the experience.

"Jungle Juice" is also an informal term for a 1:1 mixture of concentrated sulphuric and nitric acids used to clean heavily stained glassware in laboratories.

"Jungle Juice" is also a high end smooties product in Denmark.


  1. ^ Jungle Juice variations
  2. ^ "“Jungle Juice”". Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English. Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. ©12003–2008. Retrieved 12th, March 2008.  
  3. ^ "Jungle Juice (2002)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12th, March 2008.  

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