Jet Pilot
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Jet Pilot
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.4 / 5
The Jet Pilot cocktail is an intriguing mix that transports drinkers to a tropical paradise with its rich and complex flavor profile. This exotic drink is a blend of potent ... more The Jet Pilot cocktail is an intriguing mix that transports drinkers to a tropical paradise with its rich and complex flavor profile. This exotic drink is a blend of potent rums, including gold rum, Jamaican rum, and overproof rum, which provides a robust and fiery base. The addition of lime juice, pink grapefruit juice, and Falernum—a sweet syrup containing flavors of almond, ginger, lime, and sometimes cloves—infuses the cocktail with a refreshing citrus kick and a touch of spice. Dashes of Angostura Bitters and Absinthe add layers of depth with their herbaceous and slightly floral notes. Served in a cocktail glass, the Jet Pilot offers a delightful harmony of sweetness, spice, and tartness, making it an adventurous choice for those seeking a bold and flavorful cocktail experience. Its tropical and spicy flavor profile makes it a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts looking for a taste of the exotic.
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Base ingredient
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Jamaican rum
Alcohol content
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23.57% | 3.04 units *
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Classic

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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ml
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1 dash 1 dash 1 dash
2 dashes 2 dashes 2 dashes
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
30ml 1oz 3cl
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
7.5ml ¼oz 0.8cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Jet Pilot cocktail is a gustative journey through tropical realms, underpinned by a potent trifecta of rums that gives it both heat and depth. The mixing of citrus elements with the herbal whispers of absinthe and the spiced sweetness of Falernum creates a liquid narrative that is both adventurous and harmoniously balanced, tailor-made for those with a penchant for bold, complex flavors.

Method
How to make a Jet Pilot

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by placing all of your desired ingredients into a blender, followed by adding a generous 8-ounce scoop of crushed ice to ensure your drink is perfectly chilled
Pulse the mixture for a few moments to start integrating the ingredients
Then, blend everything on a medium to high setting for about 10-15 seconds, or until the consistency is smooth and even
Check the texture and, if necessary, blend for a few more seconds to achieve the perfect smoothness
Pour the blended mixture into your favorite glass, garnish if desired, and enjoy your refreshing cocktail

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Jet Pilot cocktail?

The Jet Pilot is a classic tiki cocktail, believed to have originated around the 1950s. It is a variation of the Don the Beachcomber's creation, reflecting the fascination with tropical escapism and exotic flavors during that era. The cocktail was likely inspired by the tropical drinks culture and the adventure and mystique of early jet travel.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any of the rums in the Jet Pilot recipe?

Yes, substitutions can be made, though they may slightly alter the original flavor profile of the Jet Pilot. If you don't have specific types of rum on hand, consider using any dark or overproof rum you have available. However, keep in mind that the unique blend of gold, Jamaican, and overproof rums is integral to achieving the cocktail's signature depth and complexity.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

What is Falernum, and is there a substitute for it in the Jet Pilot?

Falernum is a sweet syrup used in Caribbean and tropical drinks, featuring flavors of lime, almond, ginger, and cloves. If you're unable to find Falernum, you can substitute it with a combination of almond syrup (orgeat) and a few drops of lime juice and ginger syrup to try to mimic its unique flavor profile, though this may not perfectly replicate the original taste.

FAQ

How does the inclusion of absinthe affect the taste of the Jet Pilot?

The inclusion of absinthe in the Jet Pilot cocktail adds a subtle herbal and anise flavor, creating a complex layer that complements the sweetness of the rum and the syrups. Absinthe is potent, so it's used in small quantities, but it's crucial for the cocktail's distinctive character. It adds depth and an intriguing flavor that balances the drink's overall taste.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

Is the Jet Pilot a strong cocktail?

Yes, the Jet Pilot is considered a strong cocktail due to its combination of three types of rum, including overproof rum. With an alcohol content of 23.57%, it is higher in strength compared to many classic cocktails. It's a potent drink that should be enjoyed slowly and responsibly to fully appreciate its complex flavors.

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