High in the Sky
What to drink when the wheels are up.
Airlines are once again pouring high-end bottles and cocktails. Is it just another way to bilk us even more for services that were once gratis? You bet. Do we care? Nope. Mommy and daddy want a decent drink. Welcome to the new mile-high clubs.
Delta has one of the better wine programs in the air, with a selection curated by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. Her long, diverse list includes a 2005 El Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva, and Jacquart’s Brut Mosaïque Champagne.
>The Order: 2001 Château La Rame Sémillon, Sainte-Croix-Du-Mont
Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui offers a slew of signature drinks made with French Polynesian ingredients, like a Cuba Libré mixed with the local vanilla-bean-infused Manutea Rhum.
>The Order: The Tahitian Rum Punch (pineapple, orange and passion fruit juices, local sugar cane spirit and local Manutea Rhum)
Upper Class fliers can hit the 8-foot-long, fully stocked bar. Sidle up mid-flight, while Vivienne Westwood-clad bartenders pour the airline’s signature Virgin Redhead (sparkling wine, berry liqueurs, Bombay Sapphire and fresh raspberries).
>The Order: The Golden Girl (Grey Goose Vodka, lime juice, pineapple juice, Cointreau and Prosecco)
This luxe airline has the best in-flight cocktail menu. Be sure to try the famous Singapore Sling (they serve nearly half a million each year), and explore the airline’s take on classic drinks (it’s a long flight).
>The Order: Singapore Silver Kris Sling (a version of the original, with gin, Cointreau, orange juice and Champagne)
Most carriers have yet to leave watery-lager runway. Thankfully, Jet Blue now serves Brooklyn Brewery and Sam Adams. While we would prefer even more craft beer choices, the bargain airline still deserves a tip of the skycap.
>The Order: Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale