Sam Horwitz's Classic Cocktail Compendium

(With photos)

Test Pilot

Shake all of the ingredients with ice and pour (without straining) into a larger-sized lowball glass or double old fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

This drink would have originally been blended, however I shake blended tiki drinks instead.

This version of the Test Pilot is by Donn Beach, circa 1941, and documented by Beachbum Berry. It is one of many variations.

Use a blend of dark Jamaican rums to make this drink as funky as desired.

  1. Donn Beach would have legally only had access to anise-flavored absinthe alternatives, but in recipes calling only for small amounts of such ingredients, quality absinthe is an acceptable replacement.

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