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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.
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.
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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