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The Best Drinks to Order on a Plane

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Nothing takes the edge off a six-hour flight seated in front of a child watching Paw Patrol at full volume quite like a delicious alcoholic beverage. But the problem with drinking in the sky (besides the fact that a light beer costs $7), is that the pressure and air inside the cabin wreak havoc on your senses of smell and taste. Food tastes bad and drinks taste bland. If they didn’t help you tune out that badly behaved child and put you in a better mood to watch the most recent Mark Wahlberg movie, there’d be no reason to order most cocktails at all. But some drinks can actually stand up to the issues presented by drinking in flight. Here, the cocktails you should be drinking on a plane.
                                                         

Drinks to Order Right Off the Cart

Your friendly flight attendant can provide you with everything you need to mix these at your seat.

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There are a surprising number of studies (more than one!) that have found tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix to be one of the best things you can possibly have. The cabin pressure messes with your sense of sweet and salty, dulling them, so a savory, umami-rich drink like a Bloody is one the few that really still tastes as it is intended.

The Essentials

Vodka
Tomato Juice
Worcestershire Sauce
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Flavor, generally speaking, needs to be kicked up a notch on an airplane. Swapping out neutral vodka for vegetal tequila can do the trick.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Tomato Juice
Jalapeño
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Straight scotch is a totally acceptable airplane drink, but if that’s more than you can handle, you can balance it out with some soda water.

The Essentials

Scotch
Soda Water

Drinks to Order if You Do a Little Planning

Unless you’ve rented a private jet, your airplane is not a cocktail bar. That means the flight crew probably don’t have Campari for your Negroni or vermouth for your Martini. TSA liquid rules keep you from carrying much on, but there are a couple things you can pop in your bag that will let you make drinks with the ingredients most airlines do have.

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Bring a lime with you, squeeze it in a gin and soda, and you’ve got a Gin Rickey. Since sour tastes aren’t impacted by the pressurized cabin as much as sweet or salty, you’ll be in good shape.

The Essentials

Gin
Lime
Club Soda
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Swap that lime in your carry-on for a lemon and the soda for ginger ale, and your Rickey becomes a Buck.

The Essentials

Gin
Fresh Lemon Juice
Ginger Ale
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On an airplane, the omnipresent Mule won’t have the spiciness of real ginger beer or the cool copper mug, and even though you’ll have to resort to airplane ginger ale, the flavors will still hold up better than most other drinks available on board. If you’re really desperate for a punchier Mule, the ginger syrup in the Carry-on Cocktail Kit will give your drink the punch you’re looking for.    

The Essentials

Vodka
Lime Juice
Ginger Beer

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