Friday, July 23, 2010

Lounge Essentials: The Modern Travel Bar

Flight 001's F1 To Go Bottles

As I went over in my post on Traveling Like Its 1960, these days one has to get creative to have a cocktail on a jet plane. Sure you can buy what ever swill the flight attendants are hawking for $5.00 but I like to experience high altitude flight my way. So in order to enjoy quality cocktails on the plane to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail one needs to bring your own in Flight 001's F1 To Go Bottles. In order to execute them, simply ask the flight attendant for a mixer and ice.

For pre-made cocktails that do not require juice or mixer, ask for a bottle of water and cup of ice. Keep the water for post libation hydration and drink your cocktail on the rocks. This will be important for proper dilution which is missing in batching.

Please note, that like the movie theater, Airlines frown upon bringing your own drinks on the plane. So keep this activity discreet but try not to alarm the other passengers who may equate you mixing multi-colored liquids to lighting up a sneaker.

For my 2010 Tales of the Cocktail trip I filled the F1 To Go Bottles with the following:

Alaska Cocktail pre-made
2 oz Plymouth Gin
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
2 dashes of Angostura orange bitters

Request for water and cup of ice. Save the water, serve your drink on the rocks.

Gin and Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
2 1/2 oz of Plymouth Gin
2-3 dashes of celery bitters

Ask for vegetable or tomato juice on the rocks, take a hearty sip then add the Gin/Bitters mix. Stir and enjoy.

Anejo Rum by Don Q - Correct your Coca-Cola on the rocks with Rum.

Campari - Ask for Orange Juice on the rocks, instant Alitalia style eye opener.

Créme de Violette in an aerosol spritzer. I sometimes pre-make Aviations, the spritz of CdV is lovely!

Aromatic bitters in a dropper, because you hang over on the flight back will be much smoother with a few dashes of bitters added to club soda.

Cin-Cin and have a great flight! Next stop Nawlins!

- Fredo

1 comment:

  1. Fredo, you travel like a King. I can never get my act together so far in advance to pre-batch drinks for my flight. I'm usually staying up the night before to pack. But one of these days...

    Btw, I had a blast down at Tales. When should grab a drink soon!