Test Pilot

[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

This Don the Beachcomber classic was created around 1941. As Paul Clarke notes on his blog, Cocktail Chronicles, the key is the combination of Angostura bitters and Pernod:

Both are used in minute doses, so you don't actually taste their flavor up front, but Angostura does its deep, spicy thing in the glass while the Pernod takes its mildly sweet anise-ey flavor and spreads it out to the far corners of the drink, so you don't actually taste anise, but you know something is in there that's rounding the edges of all the other flavors. I'd go even further and say that Don's use of this bitters-pastis one-two punch is the missing link between the old-school classic cocktails of the Gilded Age and beyond, and the mid-century Tiki movement that Don helped launch.

You're looking for a drink that's mixed but not totally blended into a smoothie. It's ok if the ice has a little texture; this isn't a Slurpee.

Test Pilot

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:3 minutes
Total time:3 minutes
Special equipment:blender

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce falernum
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark Jamaican rum
  • 3/4 ounce light Puerto Rican rum
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 6 drops Pernod
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Procedures

  1. 1

    Put all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for 5 seconds. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass, adding more crushed ice to fill. Garnish as desired.

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