Delta recently upped its wine and beer game by working with a high-profile Master of Wine to consult on the selections, which is great for beer fans. Cocktail fans, well… hey, it has a few, one of which was the winner of a flight attendant/bartender competition and includes Irish cream and honey whiskey… so, um, maybe go with beer. Or straight spirits, which include a weirdly well-stocked whiskey roster. Be aware, there's no liquor on flights less than 250 miles, but that's like half an hour, so... yeah, we don't get it either.
The two specialty cocktails -- Moscow mule and Ginger Sunrise -- are designed to please any weary passenger. The straight-liquor list is bare bones, but covers all the major categories. It's refreshing to see stuff like hazelnut espresso vodka that actually mixes well with the complimentary Starbucks. The Washington State wine list is very hipster, and the beer selection (free on select flights, which helps if you're on a puddle jumper going across the Pacific Northwest) features Alaskan beer, plus selections from the country of your destination. Alaska: the new frontier of airline booze.