I whipped up this cocktail for an acquaintance, an off-duty commercial airline pilot — thus the name — who usually doesn’t venture much beyond a beer or a glass of wine. He went into orbit over this one, proclaiming it his new favorite for his vacation weeks.
I can't stress the importance of using this specific brand of tonic to strike the proper balance.
2 ounces Michter’s rye whiskey
½ ounce St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
½ ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce Fever Tree tonic
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, stir 35 times (yup, 35) with a bar spoon to release just the right amount of water from the ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry or fruit slice as desired.