Test Pilot

The Test Pilot cocktail is a vintage tiki drink invented by legendary bartender Donn Beach. Beach was known for changing his recipes over time, meaning there are multiple versions of the Test Pilot cocktail. Test Pilot recipes call for multiple rums and typically include the use of falernum syrup and lime juice. The following version is a less potent version from Jeff Berry, still attributing the recipe to Donn Beach.


  • 1 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • 3/4 oz Light Rum
  • 3 tsp Cointreau
  • 1/8 tsp Pernod
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Falernum Syrup
  • Dash of Bitters


Put all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for 5 seconds. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass, adding more crushed ice to fill. Garnish as desired.


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