Monday, November 9, 2015

Upgrade your in-flight cocktail game with these classic recipes.
(Photo byAndrew Cebulka/Stocksy.Design by Lauren DeLuca for World traveling club
Travel.)Let"s be honest.
Flying coach class has lost some—okay,all—of its charm.
If the airlines are determined to make us miserable,then it"s up to us, the flying public, to take matters of comfort into our own hands.Enter the in-flight cocktail.
Creating your own mixed drinks on the plane requires a bit of preplanning and paying close attention to TSA"s 3-1-1 rule, but it"s well worth the effort.
Start by purchasing jars and bottles that are less than three ounces (you can find them at Amazon).
Next, deconstruct your favorite cocktail recipe and make sure you have all the
components you need.
For the main spirit, you can either purchase onboard or pack your favorite mini bottles in your carry-on.Here are 10 of the best and easiest cocktails to mix on the plane.
One note to remember: These cocktails are made in-flight and therefore may cut a few corners or veer from the traditional techniques in small but crucial ways.
They will, however, be far superior to anything you can actually purchase on the plane.
Each of the recipes below will make one cocktail.
Cheers!(Photo: Various alcoholic cocktails on white background via Shutterstock)Old FashionedIt may be old fashioned, but this cocktail is always in style. The garnishes are
optional—some people prefer the drink just as it is—but I always opt for snacks with my alcohol, especially on a long flight.At Home: Pour Angostura bitters into a small dropper bottle.
Pack sugar cubes in a small plastic container.
Add orange slices to a zipped-top bag. Store cocktail cherries in a small plastic container. Pack a muddler or spoon.In-Flight: Purchase a mini-bottle of bourbon (or pac  your preferred brand before
take-off).
Ask for two glasses; one with ice. In the empty glass, add two dashes of bitters to a sugar cube. Add a dash of plain water from the melting ice, if needed. Muddle the sugar cube until dissolved. Add ice and the
whiskey. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cocktail cherry.RELATED: 10 Ways You"re Sabotaging Your Ability to Sleep on a Plane(Photo: Kate H Knapp)MargaritaHello, vacation—even when you"re sitting in coach class.
This may seem like a little bit of work, but you"ve got a little time on your hands.
If this is your drink of choice, and you don"t want to attempt two glasses for shaking, you can always invest in a mini shaker for easier mixing.At Home: Pour sea salt (infused or otherwise) into a small plastic
container. Fill a one ounce jar with fresh lime juice.
Fill another one ounce jar with Cointreau or purchase a mini-bottle. Slice lime wedges and store in a
zip-top bag.In-Flight: Purchase a mini-bottle of Tequila. Ask the flight
attendant for two glasses; one with ice. Pour the tequila, lime juice, and one
ounce Cointreau into one glass and place the other glass over it. Seal the two
glasses and careful0ly shake back and forth a few times. Take a lime wedge and
rub the rim of the empty glass.
Pour some of the salt into the lid of the
plastic container and place the lime-rubbed rim into it the salt to get it to
stick.
Carefully pour the tequila mixture (ice and all) into the glass.(Photo:
Kate H Knapp)MartiniThis classic cocktail screams sophistication—even
in a plastic cup.
The drink is all about personal taste, and a great deal
depends on the amount of vermouth.
I like to just coat the glass, but adjust
it to your own tastes.
Just like with the margarita, you may want a mini
shaker if this becomes your traveling-cocktail companion.At Home: Pour ½
ounce dry vermouth in a small jar.
Add stuffed green olives and pickled
onions, if desired, to a small plastic container.
Pack a bar or Julep
strainer, if you have one handy.
To make a Dirty Martini, simply pack ¼
ounce olive juice in a small jar at home and add this at the same time as the
gin or vodka.In-Flight: Purchase a mini-bottle of gin or vodka (or pack your
favorite spirit before take-off).
Ask for two glasses (one with ice).
Pour the
vermouth into the empty glass and swirl it to coat the inside.
Pour the
vermouth back into its jar.
Add the gin or vodka.
Seal the two glasses and
carefully shake back and forth a few times.
Strain the liquid into the empty
glass, and garnish with olive and/or onions.RELATED: 10 Tasty Snacks You Can
Bring on the Plane(Photo: Kate H Knapp)Moscow MuleYou may have to skip the
chilled copper mug this cocktail is typically served in, but one sip on a
crowded flight and you probably won"t care.At Home: Make a ginger simple syrup
by boiling one cup granulated sugar and one cup water with one tablespoon
chopped fresh ginger.
After the sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let
steep for 10 minutes.
Strain and let cool.
Pour 1 ½ ounces of the ginger
simple syrup in a small jar—save the rest for at-home cocktails or hot
tea.
Squeeze one ounce fresh lime juice into a small jar.
Slice lime wedges
and store in a zip-top bag.
Pack a few pieces of candied ginger in a small
plastic container, if desired.In-Flight: Purchase a mini-bottle of vodka and
ask for a club soda.
Add the vodka, lime juice, ginger simple syrup, and club
soda to a glass with ice.
Stir and garnish with a lime wedge or candied
ginger.(Photo: Kate H Knapp)DaiquiriThis is what I think of as my escape
drink.
It always makes me feel like I"m someplace tropical, even in tight
quarters on a crowded plane.At Home: Make a simple syrup by boiling one cup
granulated sugar and one cup water together.
After the sugar dissolves, remove
from heat and let cool.
Pour 1 ½ ounce simple syrup in a small
jar—save the rest for at-home cocktails.
Squeeze two ounces fresh lime
juice into a small jar.
Cut lime wedges and store in a zip-top bag.In-Flight:
Purchase a mini-bottle of white rum and ask for a glass with ice.
Pour the
rum, simple syrup, and lime juice over the ice.
Stir well.
Squeeze a lime
wedge and imagine you"re on a beach somewhere.RELATED: 8 Foods You Should
Never Eat Before Flying(Photo: Kate H Knapp)MojitoWhat"s more refreshing than
a mojito? This bright and easy-to-mix cocktail will make even the longest of
travel delays, err, days fly by.At Home: Squeeze two ounces fresh lime juice
(more if you like it tart) into a small bottle.
Add two teaspoons sugar to a
small jar.
Store eight washed mint leaves in a zip-top bag.
Pack a muddler or
spoon and a straw.In-Flight: Purchase a mini-bottle of white rum.
Ask for club
soda and two glasses; one with ice.
In the empty glass, muddle the sugar,
mint, and lime juice until the mint is properly bruised and the sugar has
somewhat dissolved.
Add the ice and rum to the glass and top with club
soda.
Enjoy with a straw, if desired.(Photo: Kate H Knapp)ManhattanWhat better
drink to sip while on your way to the Big Apple? Or anywhere, really?At Home:
Add ¾ ounce sweet red vermouth to a small bottle.
Pour Angostura bitters
in a dropper bottle (see Old Fashioned for example).
Store cocktail cherries
in a small plastic container.
Pack a bar or julep spoon (optional).In-Flight:
Purchase a mini-bottle of Canadian whiskey (or pack your preferred brand
before take-off).
Ask for a glass with ice and a straw.
Pour the whiskey, a
dash or two of bitters, and the red vermouth over the ice.
Stir well with the
straw.
Garnish with a cherry (or two).
Alternatively you can ask for a second
glass and strain the chilled liquid into it before garnishing with a
cherry.RELATED: 8 Disgusting Things Found in Airline Food(Photo: Kate H
Knapp)
NegroniThis is an all-time favorite, as the bitterness has the
tendency to calm nerves and soothe stomachs.
If you want to skip the extras,
make a Campari Spritzer instead (two ounces of Campari from home and a club
soda from the flight attendant).At Home: In two small jars, add one ounce of
Campari and one ounce Red Vermouth.
If you"re feeling extra-fancy, you can
peel an orange in large strips and keep in a zip-top bag until you need a
little citrus.In-Flight: Buy a mini-bottle of gin.
Get a glass of ice.
Pour
the Campari, red vermouth, and gin into the glass and stir well.
Squeeze and
add the orange peel, if desired.(Photo: Kate H Knapp)Bloody MaryBoozy
breakfast in a glass.
Morning flights become that much brighter with the help
of this classic brunch cocktail.
You can tailor it anyway you like by
switching up the base spices.At Home: In a two-ounce jar, combine one
tablespoon horseradish, ½ teaspoon celery salt, one teaspoon
Worcestershire, one teaspoon lemon juice, one teaspoon pickle juice
(optional), a dash of hot sauce, pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper.
Taste
and adjust, as needed.
Chop stalks of celery and wedges of lemon and place in
a zip-top bag or a small plastic container.
Bring any extra garnishes you
might like, such as green olives or pickled veggies.In-Flight: Purchase a
mini-bottle of vodka and a can of tomato juice.
In a glass over ice, stir
together the horseradish paste, vodka, and tomato juice with a celery
stalk.
Add a squeeze of lemon.
For an alternative drink, swap the vodka for a
beer and enjoy what some affectionately refer to as a "Red Eye" (hopefully
you"re not on one as you drink this).RELATED: How to Survive a Red-Eye
Flight(Photo: Kate H Knapp)Irish CoffeeCoffee and liquor? A very good morning
to you, too! Traditionally this drink would be served with fresh cream,
possibly whipped, so it sits on top of the coffee.
Consider this one of the
sacrifices we must make to drink our spiked coffee in the clouds.At Home: Pack
one teaspoon brown sugar (more if you have a sweet tooth) in a zip-top
bag.In-Flight: Order a cup of coffee with several creamers.
Purchase a
mini-bottle of Irish whiskey.
Add the brown sugar and whiskey to the coffee
and stir until the sugar begins to dissolve.
Slowly pour in the creamer.More
from SmarterTravel: 10 Tips to Make Coach Class Comfier 7 Things You Should
Always Wear on a Plane Is It OK to Bring Peanuts on a Plane? Read the
original story: 10 Classic Cocktails You Can Make on The Plane by Kate
H.
Knapp, who is a contributor to SmarterTravel.
– Jo Piazza @jopiazza
www.jopiazza.com Upgrade your in-flight cocktail game with these classic
recipes.
Design by Lauren DeLuca for World traveling club Travel.) Let's be
honest.
Next, deconstruct your favorite cocktail recipe and make sure you have
all the components you need..RELATED: 10 Tasty Snacks You Can Bring on the
Plane(Photo: Kate H Knapp)Moscow MuleYou may have to skip the chilled copper
mug this cocktail is typically served in, but one sip on a crowded flight and
you probably won"t care.At Home: Make a ginger simple syrup by boiling one cup
granulated sugar and one cup water with one tablespoon chopped fresh
ginger.
After the sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let steep for 10
minutes.
Strain and let cool.
Pour 1 ½ ounces of the ginger simple syrup
in a small jar—save the rest for at-home cocktails or hot tea.
Squeeze
one ounce fresh lime juice into a small jar.
Slice lime wedges and store in a
zip-top bag.
Pack a few pieces of candied ginger in a small plastic container,
if desired.In-Flight: Purchase a mini-bottle of vodka and ask for a club
soda.
Add the vodka, lime juice, ginger simple syrup, and club soda to a glass
with ice.
Stir and garnish with a lime wedge or candied ginger.(Photo: Kate H
Knapp)DaiquiriThis is what I think of as my escape drink.
It always makes me
feel like I"m someplace tropical, even in tight quarters on a crowded plane.At
Home: Make a simple syrup by boiling one cup granulated sugar and one cup
water together.
After the sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let cool.
Pour
1 ½ ounce simple syrup in a small jar—save the rest for at-home
cocktails.
Squeeze two ounces fresh lime juice into a small jar.
Cut lime
wedges and store in a zip-top bag.In-Flight: Purchase a mini-bottle of white
rum and ask for a glass with ice.
Pour the rum, simple syrup, and lime juice
over the ice.
Stir well.
Squeeze a lime wedge and imagine you"re on a beach
somewhere.RELATED: 8 Foods You Should Never Eat Before Flying(Photo: Kate H
Knapp)MojitoWhat"s more refreshing than a mojito? This bright and easy-to-mix
cocktail will make even the longest of travel delays, err, days fly by.At
Home: Squeeze two ounces fresh lime juice (more if you like it tart) into a
small bottle.
Add two teaspoons sugar to a small jar.
Store eight washed mint
leaves in a zip-top bag.
Pack a muddler or spoon and a straw.In-Flight:
Purchase a mini-bottle of white rum.
Ask for club soda and two glasses; one
with ice.
In the empty glass, muddle the sugar, mint, and lime juice until the
mint is properly bruised and the sugar has somewhat dissolved.
Add the ice and
rum to the glass and top with club soda.
Enjoy with a straw, if
desired.(Photo: Kate H Knapp)ManhattanWhat better drink to sip while on your
way to the Big Apple? Or anywhere, really?At Home: Add ¾ ounce sweet red
vermouth to a small bottle.
Pour Angostura bitters in a dropper bottle (see
Old Fashioned for example).
Store cocktail cherries in a small plastic
container.
Pack a bar or julep spoon (optional).In-Flight: Purchase a
mini-bottle of Canadian whiskey (or pack your preferred brand before
take-off).
Ask for a glass with ice and a straw.
Pour the whiskey, a dash or
two of bitters, and the red vermouth over the ice.
Stir well with the
straw.
Garnish with a cherry (or two).
Alternatively you can ask for a second
glass and strain the chilled liquid into it before garnishing with a
cherry.RELATED: 8 Disgusting Things Found in Airline Food(Photo: Kate H
Knapp)
NegroniThis is an all-time favorite, as the bitterness has the
tendency to calm nerves and soothe stomachs.
If you want to skip the extras,
make a Campari Spritzer instead (two ounces of Campari from home and a club
soda from the flight attendant).At Home: In two small jars, add one ounce of
Campari and one ounce Red Vermouth.
If you"re feeling extra-fancy, you can
peel an orange in large strips and keep in a zip-top bag until you need a
little citrus.In-Flight: Buy a mini-bottle of gin.
Get a glass of ice.
Pour
the Campari, red vermouth, and gin into the glass and stir well.
Squeeze and
add the orange peel, if desired.(Photo: Kate H Knapp)Bloody MaryBoozy
breakfast in a glass.
Morning flights become that much brighter with the help
of this classic brunch cocktail.
You can tailor it anyway you like by
switching up the base spices.At Home: In a two-ounce jar, combine one
tablespoon horseradish, ½ teaspoon celery salt, one teaspoon
Worcestershire, one teaspoon lemon juice, one teaspoon pickle juice
(optional), a dash of hot sauce, pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper.
Taste
and adjust, as needed.
Chop stalks of celery and wedges of lemon and place in
a zip-top bag or a small plastic container.
Bring any extra garnishes you
might like, such as green olives or pickled veggies.In-Flight: Purchase a
mini-bottle of vodka and a can of tomato juice.
In a glass over ice, stir
together the horseradish paste, vodka, and tomato juice with a celery
stalk.
Add a squeeze of lemon.
For an alternative drink, swap the vodka for a
beer and enjoy what some affectionately refer to as a "Red Eye" (hopefully
you"re not on one as you drink this).RELATED: How to Survive a Red-Eye
Flight(Photo: Kate H Knapp)Irish CoffeeCoffee and liquor? A very good morning
to you, too! Traditionally this drink would be served with fresh cream,
possibly whipped, so it sits on top of the coffee.
Consider this one of the
sacrifices we must make to drink our spiked coffee in the clouds.At Home: Pack
one teaspoon brown sugar (more if you have a sweet tooth) in a zip-top
bag.In-Flight: Order a cup of coffee with several creamers.
Purchase a
mini-bottle of Irish whiskey.
Add the brown sugar and whiskey to the coffee
and stir until the sugar begins to dissolve.
Slowly pour in the creamer.More
from SmarterTravel: 10 Tips to Make Coach Class Comfier 7 Things You Should
Always Wear on a Plane Is It OK to Bring Peanuts on a Plane? Read the
original story: 10 Classic Cocktails You Can Make on The Plane by Kate
H.
Knapp, who is a contributor to SmarterTravel.
– Jo Piazza @jopiazza
www.jopiazza.com Upgrade your in-flight cocktail game with these classic
recipes.
Design by Lauren DeLuca for World traveling club Travel.) Let's be
honest.
Next, deconstruct your favorite cocktail recipe and make sure you have
all the components you need.

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