The Story Behind The Coconut Airman
The Test Pilot is a classic tiki cocktail created by Don the Beachcomber back in the 1940s. It combines two types of rum with Angostura bitters, Pernod, Cointreau, Falernum, and fresh lime.
I decided to riff on this drink by incorporating tropical fruits and the flavors of one of my favorite contemporary cocktails, the Paloma. The result is a very balanced, delicious reinterpretation that I think is perfect for summertime.
- 2 ounces white rum
- ½ ounce triple sec
- ½ ounce gomme syrup
- 1 ounce coconut milk
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- 2 dashes tiki bitters
- Salt for rim
- Rim a Collins glass with salt and fill it with crushed ice.
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake hard to chill and combine.
- Strain into your prepared glass and enjoy!