If I haven’t already said this in another post, you absolutely must pick up a copy of Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log. For $10, it’s the quintessential tiki book purchase. Grog Log is filled fun tiki drawings, great information on tiki culture and history, not to mention an excellent section on rum. Most importantly, the recipes are mouthwateringly good. I’ve enjoyed probably 95% of the recipes and find myself coming back to many of them time and again.
The Test Pilot is one of my favorites, and it’s well worth the effort to find yourself a bottle of falernum or to make it yourself. Hmm… speaking of making my own…
Before I cut out, I’ll leave you with the recipe!
- 1/2oz lime juice
- 1/2oz falernum
- 1/2oz Cointreau
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1/8t Pernod
- 3/4oz light Puerto Rican rum
- 1 1/2oz dark Jamaican rum
Blend with 1c crushed ice for 5 seconds, then pour into a double old-fashioned glass. Add more crushed ice to fill.
Source: Grog Log, Jeff Berry
Very much like the Pancho Villa, all of the ingredients come together to make something entirely new, yet their subtle charactaristics remain. The taste timeline starts off sweet with the falernum, moves to the tart lime, and finishes with the nice bitter orange of the Cointreau. Oh, and there are the two rums, Pernod, and bitters all mixed around in there too balancing everything out. It’s just so tasty.
The only other reference I found in my modest cocktail book collection was in Trader Vic’s Bartenders Guide. It used lemon instead of lime juice, and it lacked the bitters and pastis, two elements that seem integral to the interesting flavor and aroma of the Test Pilot.