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The Safest/Best Drinks To Order On A Long-Haul Flight

Cabin crew serving drinks.

Long-haul flights are a bit like marathons for travellers. Hours on end in a metal tube can be daunting, but hey, it's the price we pay for those dreamy destinations. Now, let’s talk about making these journeys a tad more bearable (and enjoyable) with the right drinks. And we are not just talking water, although it is the key to hydration at 35,000 feet.

Staying hydrated

First off, when you’re sky-high, sipping something comforting yet intriguing can be a real game-changer. It's like a little celebration for enduring those security lines. Starting off with a warm cup of chamomile tea with a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon concentrate will hit the spot as you get comfortable in your seat. For a bigger vitamin C boost, ask for an orange, apple or cranberry juice and flush the toxins out of your body. By the time you land, you will be ready for some sight-seeing or partying.

Spiced teas

 
To combat the dry air in the plane and catch uninterrupted sleep, it is recommended that you avoid caffeine or alcohol, as both are notorious for affecting sleep patterns. However, if you tend to enjoy the finer luxuries of flying, such as the in-flight bar, there are a number of low-alcohol drinks to choose from.
 
How about we start with a twist on the classic mimosa?
 
Mimosa with a twist
 
Mix 30 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice with 30 ml Smirnoff Vodka. Add some soda water for that bubbly lift and there you have it—a lighter, sky-friendly Mimosa without the alcohol content of traditional champagne. Garnish with a slice of orange.
 
Elevated Martini

Breakfast Martini cocktail recipe

 
Now, onto the Martini, but forget the James Bond 'shaken, not stirred’ stuff. Up here, no one walks around in a suit (except the crew, of course), and simplicity is key. Mix 45 ml Gordon’s London Dry Gin with a dash of dry vermouth. A gentle stir, a garnish with a lemon twist or an olive, and voilà! You’ve got a classy drink that respects the altitude. Remember, you can reduce the quantity of the gin to 30 ml or opt for a non-alcoholic version altogether to stay hydrated for longer.
 
Cabin-friendly Gin and Tonic
 
And then there’s the classic Gin and Tonic, but with a cabin-friendly tweak. 45 ml Tanqueray London Dry meets tonic water and a squeeze of lime to keep things fresh in the cabin. Pour over a glass filled with ice and enjoy the drink while you cruise closer to your destination.

Cucumber Gin Fizz

Now, while we’re having fun mixing drinks, let’s not forget we're in a pressurised cabin way up in the sky. Keeping things light and not going overboard is crucial. You want to step off that plane ready to explore, not ready to hit the sack.
 
So there you have it, fellow sky travellers. Next time you're buckling up for a long journey, remember these little tips. With the right drink in hand, even the longest of flights can become a bit more like a lounge in the clouds. Safe travels, and happy sipping!