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In the golden era of airline travel, a good cocktail was an integral part of the flight experience. Today, TPG Contributor Robbie Harrell reviews a product that brings back those bygone days while adding a touch of class that’s often sorely lacking in the industry.

While some airlines are putting effort into brewing up a decent pot of coffee, you won’t find much in the way of a good cocktail while you’re airborne. However, some clever thinkers (and drinkers) have put their minds together to find a solution.

Behold the Carry On Cocktail Kit, which is exactly as wonderful as it sounds. This kit (from Brooklyn-based W&P Design and PUNCH) comes with all the essentials for making an Old Fashioned from the comfort of your seat, minus the alcohol of course.

The Carry on Cocktail Kit includes everything needed to create the perfect Old Fashioned (minus the liquor)
The Carry on Cocktail Kit includes (almost) everything you need to create the perfect Old-Fashioned.

Inside a compact metal carrying case that fits comfortably inside your breast pocket, you’ll find sugar, aromatic bitters, a mixing spoon, and a linen napkin that amplifies the 1960s vibe. Just ring your flight attendant and ask for the finest mini-bottle of bourbon or rye that your credit card can buy at 30,000 feet. Follow the included mixing directions, and enjoy the ride.

Each kit sells for $24, and provides you with enough ingredients for 2-3 cocktails. It’s a little steep, but at least you don’t have to worry about tipping your bartender.

TPG contributor Robbie Harrell enjoys his finely crafted old fashion on his flight out to LAX
Enjoying my own finely crafted Old Fashioned on a recent flight.

These make great gifts. I recently gave one to my father, who then reminisced about the era before airline deregulation — the distant yesteryear when fare prices were federally regulated, and airlines competed on luxury and comfort. The spacious seats and gourmet meals may be a distant memory, but at least you can still enjoy a good drink. For yourself or the Don Draper in your life, I recommend it.

What’s the best drink you’ve had on a plane?

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