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What AreYou Drinking- Right Now?
Hurricane Hayward
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Joined: Jun 07, 2008
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2014-11-20 01:52 am   Permalink

Aloha Mike. What, you're not up for three Jet Pilots in one sitting? I smell a lightweight :>)

Thanks for the kind words. I've been spoiled with The Mai-Kai version all these years, so I'm not a fan of many of the others, including Crane's Jet Pilot, or Donn Beach's Test Pilot in the Grog Log, Remixed and the app. They're all just too boozy for me. The Mai-Kai version seems to strike a better balance yet still packs a punch, as their drinks tend to do.

The one exception may be the traditional-style Jet Pilot created by Blair Reynolds and served at Hale Pele in Portland. The recipe was featured in Blair's column in Issue 2 of Tiki Magazine & More, in which he explored the drink's history. It's not on the same level, but it's quite good ...


I also like the 1963 Jet Pilot that Blair discusses in the article, which is almost a completely different drink, more citrusy and sweet. But it also strikes a nice balance. It's from an old recipe book that was unearthed and posted over on this thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=44519&forum=10&start=0

Okola Mauuna!

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On 2014-11-18 21:04, mikehooker wrote:
Had a couple Jet Pilots tonight. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Hayward Mai Kai tribute recipe in the past and since I recently made some homemade cinnamon syrup I decided to try the Steve Crane "Luau" version from Sippin Safari/Total Tiki app. I used Kohala Bay for my dark Jamaican, Flor de Cana as my "gold Puerto Rican" and of course LH151. I felt it was a very unbalanced drink. The intensity and uniqueness of the Kohala and LH were fighting for dominance over the falernum, cinnamon and pernod. Even with 10 ingredients (one more than Crane), the Hayward tribute manages to mesh all these interesting flavors into something far more cohesive and delicious, to my palette anyway. Has anyone else felt this way about the Crane recipe or did I do something wrong? The only thing I skimped on was the grapefruit juice which was from a bottle and probably from concentrate, but still 100% juice with no additives.

Since I was dissatisfied with the first drink and wanted to continue playing with the cinnamon syrup, I tried Hayward's v.2 recipe which calls for it (the first tribute doesn't) as well as OJ, which seems unique to a Jet Pilot. I found this one to be a nice drink on par with his first version. Of course then I wanted to make a third drink to compare this to his other recipe but felt two Jet Pilots in one night was adequate so I'll have to save that taste test for another night. At any rate, both Hayward versions are supremely better than the Crane recipe in my mind. Oh yeah, I did use Coruba instead of Kohala in this last one but pretty sure I used KB in all my other Jet Pilots which seems to suit them well.

Sorry, no pretty pics this time, just jabber.



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Kill Devil
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Joined: Feb 16, 2011
Posts: 284
From: Chicago
Posted: 2014-11-20 10:41 am   Permalink

The Luau Jet Pilot in Sippin' Safari is one of my favorites --- the recipe strikes me as a midcentury Zombie update. Not easy to make but has always delivered for me. I plan to attempt the Blair Reynold's Jet Pilot, though the amount of blackstrap is just a bit off-putting, to me

 
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kkocka
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Joined: Jul 23, 2013
Posts: 755
Posted: 2014-11-20 11:18 am   Permalink

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On 2014-11-20 10:41, Kill Devil wrote:
The Luau Jet Pilot in Sippin' Safari is one of my favorites

...I plan to attempt the Blair Reynold's Jet Pilot, though the amount of blackstrap is just a bit off-putting, to me



I had a Test Pilot last night and have to agree that its nothing special - a little too tart and citrusy with the lime and moreso with the Cointreau. Now to Kill Devil's point, the Jet Pilot is fantastic. I use the same recipe that is in Sippin' Safari and its a REALLY solid drink! I don't know if another Jet Pilot recipe is even worth trying - a little spice and very dark. With curiosity I'll probably try Blair's version, which not surprisingly uses the Blackstrap rum as they seem to really favor it there at Hale Pele. I find it amusing for some reason.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Joined: Jun 07, 2008
Posts: 1409
From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2014-11-20 11:32 am   Permalink

All this Jet Pilot discussion shows how truly diverse everyone is in their own tastes. You can see that just by looking at the ratings and comments in the Grogalizer. Most of us agree on a few classics, like Vic's original Mai Tai or Donn's Zombie. But beyond that, our favorites are all over the place. The Jet Pilot/Test Pilot is a good example. Yet another thing that makes mixology so interesting.


 
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mikehooker
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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
Posts: 915
From: Austin
Posted: 2014-11-20 3:48 pm   Permalink

Just read the Grogalizer comments on the Jet Pilot and several people mentioned the need to use fresh grapefruit which as I stated above was the only short cut I took. A couple people said to cut back on the cinnamon syrup and make up the difference with simple syrup. I did use Fee's falernum as people encouraged. Maybe I'll give it another go down the line with those tweaks but since the Hayward tribute is one of my favorite drinks to make at home I'll probably just stick to that one or give the Blair Reynolds one a shot. Not enough hours in the days.

 
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AdOrAdam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 630
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2014-11-21 4:15 pm   Permalink

I definetaly prefer the Steve Crane Jet Pilot.

Old friend in town, long time no drink:

First up: Mai Kai Black Magic Vs Mai Kai Hulkilau

Then: Rum Old Fashioned Vs Rhum Barbancourt Punch

Steve Crane Jet Pilot Vs Mai Kai Yeoman's Grog

Mai Kai Rum Barrel Vs Trader Vics Mai Tai

This is your kitchen on tiki:



Finish off:

Palm Ridge Reserve Vs Highland Park 30!


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 7048
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-11-21 4:24 pm   Permalink

I see a lot of you drink on the job.....

 
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kkocka
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Joined: Jul 23, 2013
Posts: 755
Posted: 2014-11-22 02:21 am   Permalink

Jet Pilot vs Blair's Jet Pilot w/Blackstrap.



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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2014-11-22 10:46 am   Permalink

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On 2014-11-22 02:21, kkocka wrote:
Jet Pilot vs Blair's Jet Pilot w/Blackstrap


Who won?


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2014-11-22 12:21 pm   Permalink

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Who won?



You know, they were surprisingly close. I'd have to give the edge to the standard w/coruba. The blackstrap is maybe a hair too distinct and sorta threw it off, but both were very similar.
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thePorpoise
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Joined: Jan 23, 2011
Posts: 1517
From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2014-11-22 2:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-11-21 16:15, AdOrAdam wrote:

Finish off:

Palm Ridge Reserve Vs Highland Park 30!



i havent had the Palm Ridge, but i cant imagine it would hold a candle to a 30 year scotch?


 
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AdOrAdam
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2014-11-22 3:44 pm   Permalink

I aim to try the Blackstrap variation of the Jet Pilot - Cruzan Blackstrap isn't available in the UK (that I've seen).

I tried both Palm Ridge & Highland Park 30 - both are my friends & in limited quantity so I only tried small sips. Both are a little outside my desired complexity for whisky - quite oaky or spicy.

My friend is here for a second night:

First off: Beers & Chinese food

Followed by: Sumatra Kula Vs Navy Grog Vs Krakatoa

Speivak Zombie Vs Aku Aku Zombie Vs Mai Kai Mutiny

Diaquiri variation Vs Dead Reckoning Vs Three Dots & A Dash

With a few trying of neat spirits inbetween.

This is your kitchen on tiki:



Finish off: Vodka & Passionfruit Vs Rittenhouse 100 Vs Bushmills

Friends favourite drink of the weekend: Mai Kai Rum Barrel


 
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bamalamalu
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Joined: Mar 20, 2006
Posts: 902
Posted: 2014-11-22 4:16 pm   Permalink

At last- a Polynesian Pile Driver!

God Bless Frankie's Tiki Room!


 
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bamalamalu
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Posts: 902
Posted: 2014-11-23 2:02 pm   Permalink

Day two at Frankie's. Currently consuming a Nakalele Knockout.

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 7291
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-11-23 8:43 pm   Permalink

Ted n Amy- great to meet you guys
Cheers




Me ...-
Spousal unit 3 Rum Scum




Then
Me Zombie
Wahine went with ...-



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