Saturday, March 07, 2009

Cocktail of the Week #7

The Jet Pilot:

After a short break from blogging for some "extensive product research" (heavy drinking to those not in the industry,) I have decided to break my theme of stone-cold classics to bring you a vintage "Tiki" drink. 
I have to admit that I am fairly small minded in the way of  Tiki. I just couldn't see the point of mixing something up and then destroying all those beautiful fruity rum flavours with a splosh of pineapple juice! 

I still defy any bartender that makes his Mai Tais with Pineapple juice...They should be made to drink a bottle of Saffron Gin and paraded around the streets in a pineapple suit, filmed and posted on You-tube...

The closest I would normally get to Tiki, would be something like the "Royal Bermuda Yacht Club" A fantastic daiquiri variation thought up by Trader Vic in or around 1947...I you haven't tried it, go to a bar now...dont think...just go!

The Jet Pilot was first published, to my knowledge in Jeff Berry's "Beachbum Berry's Sippin Safari."Its a drink that contains everything from Absinthe to Falernum and will really throw all of your senses out of the window! 
If you are like me and used to balancing a perfectly "bittered" Pegu or trying to decide on how many drops of Pernod to make the perfect Corpse Reviver II then this one will leave you completely speechless..! Yes, it does involve using a blender and crushed ice...but it's so great, I dont care...

The Jet Pilot:

½ oz. Fresh lime juice

½ oz. Grapefruit juice

½ oz. Cinnamon-infused sugar syrup

½ oz. Falernum

1 oz. Dark Jamaican rum

¾ oz. Gold Puerto Rican rum

¾ oz Overproof Rum (151 Lemon Hart Demerera)

Dash Angostura bitters

6 drops (1/8 teaspoon) Absinthe

4 ounces crushed ice

Put everything in a blender, saving crushed ice for last. Blend at high speed for no more than 5 seconds. Pour into an old-fashioned glass. If you can find one, then garnish with a USAir Jet (Picture taken from Doug Winships "Pegu Blog")


  1. Gabe,

    this is my all time favorite tiki-drink, funny that you post this one's never gotten the attention of a zombie or the mai tai but plays in the same league. Well, at least it does for me!

  2. I had to..! Its so good it opened my eyes...

    I do think that its one of those drinks that was kept quiet for a reason though...It will probably never be as popular as the Mai Tai but it will always be on that level...I might even say that it is slightly better...