Flying can be hard. What with the flight delays, jet lag, and the ever-present possibility of getting sick, you never know what could go wrong. On top of all that, there’s the poor selection of drinks available on the drink cart. While it’s hard to manage the first three problems, you’re in luck for the latter. Using just what’s available on a common drinks cart (okay, with just a few exceptions), it’s possible to make one or two tasty cocktails to get you through a long-haul flight.
Quick note: Airlines frown on people opening their own booze (yes, even minis that make it past the TSA). There are easy spirit improvements that are allowed, however, like the Carry On Cocktail Kit, which includes ingredients for two drinks. Options include bespoke tonic syrup for a G&T, ginger syrup for a Moscow Mule, and a rosé kit with gummy bears and elderflower syrup for rosé-elderflower cocktails.
These are the best drinks you can make — or in the case of the first two, order — on some of the most popular airlines.