Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pisco Pilot

Now, folks—everyone should know that you shouldn’t drink and fly a plane. But you may be wondering what to do with your hands instead. Well I have the answer: paper planes. You can’t kill anyone in a paper plane. (Except if you try to get into one and go sailing out the window.) Maybe you haven’t made a plane in years. No sweat—you can find swell instructions from Alex’s Paper Airplanes. I found this site and knew I was in for hours of harmless cocktail time fun.

For a moment, I wondered if Alex would approve of having his planes plugged from a booze blog, but to my amazement and delight, Alex has a booze site too! How cool is that?

Pisco Pilot
  • 2 oz pisco
  • 1/2 oz maraschino
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz or less crème de violette (optional)
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

This here’s the old Aviation with pisco instead of gin. Nice and bright with a little wine-like grape note. It works pretty well, though as usual, people will have different ideas about the amount of violette, if any. More candy than perfume here.


  1. Sexy photo, man! Super eye catching. I'm a big fan of the Aviation variations too. Though, I find that the violette and maraschino need something herbaceous to play off of, or else (as you say) there is "more candy than perfume." I might throw a dash or two of celery bitters in there. Or a rinse of absinthe. Or maybe even sub a quarter ounce of the pisco out for aquavit. I may have to try that last one actually. Cheers!

  2. And that drink would be a... Luftfart? Doesn't sound appealing.



  3. Luftfart—indeed, almost any fart—is a defining element of the current age.


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