Pan American Clipper

Charles H. Baker Jr., The Gentleman’s Companion, 1939

This cocktail recipe is credited to world traveler Charles H. Baker Jr., who in his later years settled into Coconut Grove, Florida—very close to where Pan Am had just opened the first international airport. It was there that he might have started keeping company with the Pan Am pilots; he cites this drink as hailing “from the notebook of one of our pilot friends.”


Serving: 1

  • 1½ ounces apple brandy
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with cracked ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.