A relatively restrained tiki drink from the legendary Don the Beachcomber, the success of the Test Pilot hinges on just a few dashes of Angostura and Pernod. The bitters and anise-based liqueur give the drink a beautiful, aromatic quality, while Cointreau and falernum add further complexity to the otherwise simple combination of two rums and a single fruit juice. While the drink went on to inspire iterations like the Jet Pilot, Ace Pilot, Space Pilot and Astronaut, Don’s original Test Pilot remains the benchmark.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for five seconds. (Go for a chunky blend.)
- Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass with more crushed ice to fill.
- Garnish with a cherry speared with a wooden oyster fork.
The Blue Hawaii wasn’t named after the Elvis movie, like you might expect. In fact, the drink predates the film by four years. Bartender Harry Yee created the cocktail in 1957 while he was working at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. A Bols sales representative came to Yee asking for a drink made with the company’s blue curaçao liqueur...