Cocktails in the Clouds

by Jason Bran on June 4, 2012

in Droppin' Knowledge

A good cocktail can improve many situations, and traveling on an airplane is certainly one of them. Unfortunately the airline offerings are pretty slim, so imagine my delight when I saw Erick Castro pack a bar kit, some mint, and limes to make a Southside on his flight! It was brilliant!

I have never seen anyone make a cocktail on a plane, but why not? It’s a pretty awesome bartender meme! If we as bartenders hope to propel proper cocktails into society than this random act of cocktailing makes a lot of sense!

Inspired by Erick I decided that I wanted to be the first to prepare a Ramos Gin Fizz on an airplane! The Ramos Gin Fizz is a cocktail that even the best of bartenders would agree can be a difficult order. It takes more time to make than most cocktails and typically the person who ordered it consumes it faster than it was made.

Perhaps the only challenge larger than working in a very tight space is having all of the ingredients available. To do this it required a bit of planning, I packed:

-halved lemons and limes
-orange flower water with a touch of vanilla extract
-heavy cream and pasteurized egg white in TSA approved containers
-citrus squeezer
-Boston shaker and pint glass
-Hawthorne strainer
-milk frother
-bar towel
-measuring cup

Then I ordered from the stewardess:
-a can of club soda
-2 cups of ice
-3 extra cups
-handful of sugar packets

I made my own simple syrup on the plane because I knew I could get sugar and hot water. You could probably get limes and lemons too but at the point of asking for 20 or so of those tiny wedges I don’t think that they would be good sports about it. Additionally I used a produce bag for all of my own garbage to be courteous to the flight crew.

Check out the video and if you decide to make a cocktail on a flight yourself be sure to big up Erick Castro (@castrodisiac). I say the challenge is on! What can’t be made in the tiny coach spaces on an airplane?

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Vidiot June 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Wow, this is awesome.

I did a blog post a while back about inflight cocktailing (, but you took it several levels beyond. Well done!


Sarah Jean June 15, 2012 at 2:34 am

This is beyond awesome! I shared it in this post on my site because I think everyone should see what you did…so great! ps. I LOVE the Ramos Gin Fizz, great choice :)


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