I am a big fan of the cocktail. There’s something so compelling about the process of mixing a curated selection of ingredients together to achieve a tasty new drink.
However, I always feel disappointed in the bar cart selections when I fly. I mean, there are only so many Dewar’s on the rocks I can drink before the thrill is gone and it gets old. I decided to do something about this dilemma before my next flight. I’ve been hearing about the Carry On Cocktail Kit for a few months, so I thought it might be a good addition to my bag.
The kit comes packaged in a small tin, and contains:
– Recipe Card
– Spoon / Muddler
– Aromatic Bitters
– Cane Sugar
– Linen Coaster
There are currently two options: the Gin and Tonic, and the Old Fashioned. Each kit contains the tools to mix two cocktails. This sounded good, until I saw the price: $24! Is it me, or does that seem very expensive?
So, I decided to look into other options. That’s when I learned about Bittercube bitters. These “slow crafted Midwest bitters” come in 1-oz bottles (perfect for flying!), and come in several flavors (my pick: Cherry Bark Vanilla). Cost: $10.
My plan is to pack one of these, then use it to make one of these easy in-flight cocktails:
Gin and Bitters
- 1 mini bottle of gin
- 3 drops bitters
- club soda
Pour gin over ice, add bitters, top with club soda.
- 1 mini bottle of whiskey
- 6 drops bitters
- 1 packet of sugar (or, if you’re prepared, a packet of agave nectar from Starbucks)
Pour whiskey over ice, add bitters, then add sugar or agave to taste.
- 1 mini bottle of scotch
- As many limes as you can get (recipe calls for juice of half a lime)
- Ginger Ale
Pour scotch over ice, squeeze in lime, top with ginger ale to taste.
How about you? Do you mix your own cocktails while you’re up in the air? What do you create? Would love to know!