If you havn't realized it yet we really like to drink and fly. It's become more of a hobby now than a past time. No matter the day, time or airline cocktails are always being made and shared with those around us..
With that said, over the past two years we have amassed a cornucopia of airline tips and tricks guaranteed to make your next flight/cocktail experience outstanding.
Below are just a few, in no specific order.
Elaborate on, try, enjoy, and Cheers!
MINI BOTTLES RULE
Firstly, the myth is true: TSA does indeed afford you the ability to bring your own MINI LIQUOR BOTTLES on the plane. Now you are limited to size though. Ideally the 50ml are nice as those provide around a 2oz portion and fit snug in your quart size zip top bag. You can however, pack the 100ml bottle as those are just shy of the 3.5oz maximum allotted for packaged liquids.
The key to the entire situation is the bottles must be packed in your quart bags. Like any other liquid (shampoo, conditioner, hair gel) these mini bottle are considered a “liquid” and should be kept in isolation.
*Pro Tip* SUPPORT YOUR AIRLINES! Yeah we know they make you pay for seats and carry-on bags now but buy a mini bottle or two from them if you run out or need another flavor.
Let’s keep the 'Friendly Skies' friendly for years to come.
SOFT DRINKS SPRITZERS
There is nothing more refreshing than having a little bubble in your drink, cocktail, or soda. It's the Bee's Knees!
With that said, more and more airlines are offering less and less sugar based sodas and more 0 calorie 0 sugar sparkling “spritzer” style waters.
Take this opportunity, for a free soda and roll with it.
Imaging making a margarita at 30k with sparkling lime water or a Bee's Knees with sparkling Italian lemon water.
OUTSTANDING is the word you are looking for.
*Pro Tip* When adding Leisuremann's Cocktail Mix to sparkling water be sure to be aware of the FIZZ UP reaction. Basically, don’t overfill and you should be fine.
NO MIX - NO PROBLEM
Ask anyone who flies a lot and they should be able to give you a cocktail story, recipe, or fun pro tip from 30,000 feet.
With this great power comes great responsibility…Thanks Uncle Ben. More or less a great responsibility to share with the world!
So…if you find yourself on your next flight with no mix or your mini bottles try one of these out for size:
Red Wine/Coke (Equal Parts)
Mile High Mule (Ginger Ale, Vodka, mints)
Inflight Irish Coffee (Coffee, Bailey's Irish Cream)
Bloody Mary (Tomato Juice, Vodka)
IDL Sunrise (Tequila, OJ, Cranberry, Sprit, Apple Juice) IDL = International Date Line
ALWAYS ORDER ICE
Nothing and we repeat nothing makes a cocktail better than ice.
Even if you just use the ice to prepare your drink straight up, ice is as pivotal to a cocktail as the glass itself. Don’t believe us - listen to the experts in our blog The Icy Truth!
Try experimenting as well with ice and how it changes the flavor profiles of certain drinks and spirits.
Peanuts, pretzels, Biscotti cookies, OH MY!
Not all cocktails go with one of those 3 snack selections, so simple solution, bring your own snacks.
We've gone so far as to bring full blown sandwiches onto the plane for lunch and cocktails.
TSA, unless it is outlandish or large liquids, will cast a blind eye to you brining snacks aboard the plane. So fill your pack up with chips, Thanksgiving dinner, tacos, Bananas, or whatever your heart desires.
Moral of the story, have snacks and cocktails too!
SHARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOR
Just think if you were flying cross country and the guy next to you pulled out a jar of Leisuremann's. At first you would question, "What is this dude doing?" or "What the heck is that stuff." But when he/she makes you a cocktail you instantly realize this is most certaintly real life.
The moral of the story is we should be more like Mr. Rogers and less like Oscar the Grouch. Share with your neighbor. Make them a drink, frankly make everyone a drink and spread some cocktail love!
SOCIAL POST EVERYTHING
Do us and yourself a favor, on your next trip post a picture of your cocktails to @leisuremanns, pretty please. (You won’t believe the response)
Simple, we want the world to know how delicious our cocktails are and what a better person to show them than you.
Take a pic of your drink, take a video of you mixing in the airport, take a pic of the plane going crazy because you just made a big batch and everyone is enjoying Margaritas. LOL!
We can dream, right? Have fun!
PREMIX TO MAXIMIZE ENJOYMENT
Crucial to any trip or experience is maximizing time. So when you find yourself sitting in the terminal with your face inevitably glued to your phone or maybe a book, step back, regroup, and premix your cocktails.
Water bottles, travel mugs, travel plastic wine glasses, pretty much any receptacle for drinking can work great.
We would recommend making them in a bigger quantity as they will go quick! #makeitadouble
MAKE IT A DOUBE OR TRIPLE
Always, always, always make it a double or triple when traveling.
This is done for multiple reasons but only a few stand out.
1) You deserve more than one drink when flying.
2) If you need to share, one drink just isn't going to cut the mustard.
3) Everything is better in pairs so bring multiple mixes with you so you can make a Bee's Knees and an Old Fashioned too!
The #1 tip is to REPEAT all 9. Get out there, travel more, explore more, be adventurous!
Seriously, if you haven't planned a trip in a while get to it. Repeat doesn't just mean making more cocktails, which we hope you do, it means doing more, experiencing more, and just simply enjoying the places you will go.
Not all trips are equal so in a way why should each cocktail experience be.
Explore what works for you and use these tip to make the most out of your next travel adventure.
And as a bonus for reading this blog, use code TAKE20 on your next order for 20% off your cart. That’s like we’re saying the first two drinks are on us!
Cheers // Cliff