The history and place of origin of the Yellow Bird cocktail are unclear. Some sources mention that it was named Yellow Bird just for its yellow color resulting from Galliano, others claim that in 1957 Alan and Marilyn Bergman wrote the lyrics for song "The Yellow Bird" to an 1883 Haitian melody. Then in 1961 Arthur Lyman — king of tiki lounge exotica music — recorded the song in Hawaii (which hit #4 on the Billboard charts). So the Yellow Bird cocktail might be Hawaiian, and it may be connected to the Shell Bar in the Hilton Hawaii Village Waikiki Beach Resort, where Lyman played weekly, and that drink was so named by the Hilton’s bartender. But there is no solid evidence about this.
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