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.