Pan American Clipper
This classic cocktail is named after the famous aeroplane in the 1930s and first appeared in Charles H Baker’s 1939 ‘The Gentlemen’s Companion’ in which Baker says the cocktail is ‘from the notebook of one of our pilot friends, when off duty may seek one’. His friend, therefore, must have been a pilot for Pan Am Airlines.
Heaven’s Dog in San Francisco has a cocktail menu based on the intriguing recipes from Baker’s book. The bar staff at Heaven’s Dog played around with the Pan American Clipper recipe, boosting the amount of apple brandy and levelling out the other ingredients to make a drink rich and lush with fruit, but with a herbaceous accent from a light lacing of absinthe.
The Pan American Clipper’s modern-day popularity is partly due to it being heroed by St. John Frizell at his Fort Defiance bar in Brooklyn, New York City.
- 50ml Calvados
25ml lime juice
- 15ml monin grenadine
- 2 dash absinthe
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a coupé glass
Garnish with a slice of lime