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Drink of the Week:

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Jet Pilot

½ oz. Fresh lime juice
½ oz. Grapefruit juice
½ oz. Cinnamon-infused sugar syrup
½ oz. Falernum (Fee Bros.)
1 oz. Dark Jamaican rum (I like Myer’s)
¾ oz. Gold Puerto Rican rum (I prefer a US Virgin Islands brand like Cruzan)
¾ oz 151-proof Lemon Hart Demerara rum
 1 Dash Angostura bitters
6 drops (1/8 teaspoon) Pernod
4 ounces crushed ice

Put everything in a blender, saving crushed ice for last. Blend at high speed for no more than 5 seconds. Pour into an old-fashioned glass.


     Summer is almost here…and the tiki bar is open!
     The Jet Pilot appears in Jeff Berry’s excellent book Sippin’ Safari, and it’s a keeper. The conventional wisdom among tiki drink enthusiasts is that although many recipes feature a large number of ingredients, the end results can be strikingly balanced. The Jet Pilot is definitely one of those recipes. 
     As I mentioned, the balance of flavors is great. The cinnamon is front and center but doesn't dominate. The rums blend beautifully, with the smoky burn of the 151 filtering through. The juices and falernum perk things up, and with only 6 drops (measure carefully!), the Pernod is in perfect proportion. 
     Whip up a few of these and find the nearest piece of sand in which to insert your toes. A better state of mind is guaranteed!

A few notes on the ingredients:

~ Cinnamon-infused syrup is easy to make. The recipe I use comes courtesy of the excellent cocktail site www.kaiserpenguin.com

Cinnamon Syrup
3 cinnamon sticks
1 cup sugar 
1 cup water 
     Bash the hell out of the cinnamon sticks until they look a bit coarser than ground coffee (1/8? pieces). Use a mortar and pestle or rolling pin in a ziplock. Add everything to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and simmer for two minutes. Remove from the heat and let the mixture steep for 2 hours. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Bottle and keep in the refrigerator for a month or so.

~ Falernum is a spicy syrup used as a sweetener. Its primary flavors are almond, lime, and ginger/cloves. The easiest brand to obtain is Fee Brothers, which I order either through www.surfasonline.com or www.kegworks.com.

~ Lemon Hart Demerara rum may or may not be available in your area, but it can be ordered through several online retailers such as www.internetwines.com.


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