• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with David Kinsey of Kindred

If it wasn't for Nate Stanton giving David Kinsey a chance behind the stick, we would not have some of the best and unique cocktails at Kindred. We caught up with Kinsey to chat about his start in the industry and his rum-based cocktail Ancient Astronaut, which is a riff off the tiki classic Jet Pilot.

Ancient Astronaut


1 oz Calwise Spiced Rum

.50 oz Zaya Trinidad Rum

.50 oz Appleton’s V/X Rum

1 oz Grapefruit Juice

.50 oz Lime Juice

.50 oz Cinnamon Bark

Dash of Ango/Allspice and Absinthe

What's the story behind the Ancient Astronaut?

The Ancient Astronaut is a riff on the tiki classic Jet Pilot, and was the first cocktail we did for our Permanent Vacation night that really clicked with our guests. I love conspiracies, so the name is a take on the "Ancient Alien" idea behind civilization on Earth.

Describe the taste.

The taste of the Ancient Astronaut really centers around baking spice with the cinnamon and rum blend really making that come front and center.

What's the key component of this drink?

The blend of Spiced Rum, Jamaican Rum and Aged Rum are