Do you have to order a Bloody Mary or other breakfast cocktail before 10am? Are beers, liquor, and standard cocktails fine?
Airports are time vortexes. You will sit next to people who, hours previously, were literally halfway around the world. You can fly 3,000mi from NY to SF with only two hours coming off the clock. Time barely exists in airports, unless you’re sprinting, bags bouncing off your desperate body, because your flight is about to take off. And if you are, you probably shouldn’t stop to get a drink, so this question will not apply to you.
For the rest of you: You are never going to see any of these people ever again. Except, possibly, for immediately again, when they end up in the seat next to you for a 16-hour flight to Mumbai.
The point is: screw it. This is your show. If what you want is a giant beer at 8am, get that giant beer. If what you want is a pint glass of Lagavulin, get that pint glass of Lagavulin. If what you want is a Mojito, get something else, because that Mojito will be more poorly constructed than a Millennium Falcon Lego set built by that guy who just drank a pint glass of Lagavulin during a 15-minute layover.
Do you get the double?
Most airport bars will offer a double version of your spirit or cocktail, or a beer that’s close to twice as large as their standard beer, for a nominal additional cost -- let’s say $2. Of course you get the double. You always get the double. Only a complete asshat does not get the double. It’s simple economics.
Airport Drinks, just like Airport Sbarro Supreme Stuffed Deep Dish Slices, are notoriously overpriced, except in progressive cities full of marginally employed people, like any and all cities named “Portland.” Make your peace with this now; it’s fine. You’re captive. The laws of The Market will never apply. This, of course, means any opportunity to hack into said gouging must be exercised.
If a rail gin on the rocks costs $8, and the double you so wisely purchase clocks in at $10, you just knocked down your per-drink cost to around or below that of a normal, non-airport bar. You have defeated an undefeatable system. And as a reward for your noble fighting of the power, you now get twice as much rail gin on the rocks. You are a financial and imbibing success. You won. Also, why are you drinking rail gin on the rocks?