The Best In-Flight Cocktails

Many airlines offer libations—here's the best of the bunch.


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The mixology obsession has gone airborne. Flight attendants are now pouring cocktail-bar-worthy drinks (even a restorative mocktail) made with more refined ingredients. Here's what to order where:

Pacific Sunrise on Cathay Pacific

Drambuie and Champagne Deutz Brut Classic

Complimentary in first and business class

Pisco Sour on LAN

Peruvian pisco, lemon and lime juices, egg whites, simple syrup, and bitters

Complimentary in premium business class

Gespritzer Weisser on Swiss International Air

Swiss white wine (like a 2008 Madame Cuvée by Adrian Mathier) and a splash of soda

Complimentary in first and business class

Bourbon Breeze on Delta

Woodford Reserve Bourbon, cranberry-apple juice, and a splash of orange juice

Complimentary in business class, $7 in economy

Virgin Redhead on Virgin Atlantic

Bombay Sapphire gin, crème de cassis, crème de framboise, simple syrup, muddled raspberries, lemon juice, and champagne

Complimentary in all classes

Sky Time on JAL

Fresh yuzu juice and desalinized, purified seawater

Complimentary in all classes


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