Flying Bloody Mary
Taking a late-morning flight? Complement your airplane “brunch” with a bona fide Bloody Mary.
Standard: Tomato juice and vodka are staples on every plane. They’re your building blocks here. Now, collect citrus from the beverage cart—lemon is preferred but lime will do—and a packet of pepper from your airplane “brunch.” Combine these ingredients over ice, stir, and sit back to enjoy both the flavorful cocktail and your own resourcefulness.
Deluxe: To dramatically improve your in-flight Bloody, you have two options. One is to go online and order a Bloody Mary carry-on cocktail setup, which comes with a spicy mix, mini-pickles and salt for the rim. The other is to go full MacGyver: Before you fly, pick up a mini bottle of Tabasco sauce (they come in TSA-compliant sizes); grab a ziplock bag and combine fresh-cracked ground pepper, salt, celery salt and celery seed; finally, pack some garnish in another ziplock bag, anything from olives to citrus wedges to small celery stalks—or all of the above.
None of these steps takes longer than a couple of minutes, and they will be more than worth it: After assembling your Bloody base, dash in as much heat from the Tabasco as you want, sprinkle in a little of your salt-pepper-celery combo, top with garnishes, and you’re in business.