Tiki Drink: Jet Pilot

If it wasn’t Tiki Month round these parts, I would not have made this cocktail… ever. Just take a single look at the Jet Pilot’s recipe and the Tiki-ness will practically poke your eyes out. It’s got wads of liquors in it, multiple juices, and stuff that I either don’t like (Pernod), or don’t know what the hell it is (Falernum).
Oh, and it’s a blender drink. I do not do blender drinks. Well, Doug the Pegu Blogger doesn’t do blender drinks. For Tiki month, my trusty but dusty blender is getting twenty-eight days of continuous counter time.
So, why is this rather baroque drink my first deployment of said blender? Well, I’ve read about it several times in the past from BOTI members Dr. Bamboo and Kaiser Penguin, as well as one of my very favorite bloggers, Robert Heugel, who I’m glad to see back blogging a bit more. He writes great stuff, but apparently he has some side project that has been pushing aside important stuff like blogging….jet pilot
The Kaiser seemed to like the Jet Pilot so much that he forgot to go ape-sh*t with the garnish, so it has to be good.
Finally, Dr. Bamboo really caught my eye with this illustration:

Ah ha!
So you just made this drink in order to rip off more of Doc’s awesome pictures, didn’t you?

I resent that. It’s not true, and besides, it’s on the Internet so it’s free, right?
Actually, I did have the Jet Pilot on my list, but I only remembered to try it after thinking about a certain very level-headed jet pilot who has been in the news lately. (The following tape may or may not be completely accurate….)

I sailed down to the Pegu Tiki Lounge with the recipe clutched in my hot little hand and immediately realized that I was going to have to exercise some calm improvisation myself if I wanted to drink this right away. I had not made up any cinnamon syrup yet, and I was missing, well, all three rums in this concoction. Here’s my recipe, along with what it supposedly should have in parenthesis.
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  • 1 oz. Appleton VX (dark jamaican)
  • .75 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse Silver (gold puerto rican)
  • .75 oz Bacardi 151 (151-proof Lemon Hart Demerera)
  • .5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .5 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 hearty pinch powdered cinnamon (.5 oz.Cinnamon-infused sugar syrup for these two)
  • .5 oz. Fee Brothers Falernum (Homemade Falernum is so on the list)
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1/8 teaspoon LaFée Absinthe (Pernod. I actually had Pernod, but I like mixing with Absinthe better. It makes me feel… dangerous.)
  • 4 ounces crushed ice

Combine in the blender and let her rip for about five seconds. Serve up in a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a tiny model of a USAir jetliner.
(Recipe was originally from Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)

There is a lot to talk about with this drink.

  1. It is really delicious.
  2. It is a prime example of Tiki-ness in that it shows how amazingly well some very different flavors will blend together. The result is a drink where all sorts of flavors seem to actually line up in orderly fashion for a chance to entertain you. Each sip goes through about three or four distinct taste profiles, and they are all in harmony.
  3. The Jet Pilot was Robert’s MxMo: Limit One entry; if you plan on mixing two, alert the authorities.
  4. If you don’t have the cinnamon syrup already made, and divert to the powdered cinnamon, you have to drink this fairly quickly, or the cinnamon will precipitate out.
  5. There is not enough ice, and you don’t blend it long enough, to get what I expected in a blender drink. Instead you get a frothy, slushy layer on top that you sip the cocktail through. From pictures and descriptions, I think this is what I will get with a lot of classic Tiki presentations. Whether you like this or not is a matter of taste. I found it very pleasant, the PeguWife was less enchanted. This summer, I think I’ll try upping the ice content considerably and go for the Fat Tuesdays plastic cup filled from a slurpee machine texture. If you hear about a case of spontaneous human combustion and odd, carved wooden idols seen fleeing the scene, you’ll know what happened.

Tiki Month is a lot of fun, folks. Stick with me. And join me in lifting a Jet Pilot up to Cap’n Sully.


  1. Reese

    6 February

    The cocktail picture is fantastic Doug. Well played.

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  2. Doug

    6 February

    Thanks. Like many of my ideas, it just took shape. Then I had to drive around town to find a tiny toy plane. Then I had to drive around town to find a glass large enough to sink said plane in!

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  3. Chip and Andy

    6 February

    One of my favorites! In fact, I am headed to the Mai-Kai tonight to have three or four of these beauties! (I’m a trained professional)

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  4. Dr. Bamboo

    9 February

    Don’t tell anyone, but when I make mine, I skip the blender altogether. I shake the hell out everything in a shaker w/ ice and strain into a DOF glass filled with crushed ice. I think it concentrates the flavors a bit more that way.

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  5. Doug

    9 February

    Hey everyone! Craig doesn’t bother to use the blender on his Jet Pilots!

    I’ll bet he doesn’t keep little airliners around to garnish with either….

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  6. Frederic

    9 February

    I had one of these a week ago here in Boston (at Drink). The ice was malletized (it was in a canvas bag).


    Very tasty, indeed. Mine followed having been served an Airbag.

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  7. Rick

    17 February


    Love the garnish. The Jet Pilot is definitely the exotic cocktail I turn to when people ask me what a tiki drink is.

    You must use a straw for sipping! Are you starting with crushed ice? And no, 4oz is not enough for this beast 🙂

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  8. Tiare

    18 February

    LOVE your garnish!!

    And yes,,you need MORE crushed ice.


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  9. pegu

    18 March

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