Now that airlines have slowly begun raising the bar on drink menus, it’s beginning to feel more like the old days, when flying was, well, fun. Here, three exceptionally tasty ways to enjoy a long haul.
1. NAPA IN THE CLOUDS Not in the mood for a white or a red? For its new premium Mint service, JetBlue tapped wine pro Jon Bonné to handpick California wines, including the 2014 Lioco Indica Rosé—a delicate, tart, and refreshing alternative to the usual chard and cab options.
2. HEY, BARTENDER Nothing against a flight-attendant pour, but behind the horseshoe of Emirates’ first- and business-class Onboard Lounge, real-life bartenders stir Manhattans, fill tumblers with Chivas, and refresh flutes of bubbly. The scene is worth every cent of the upgrade.
3. WHAT A PERK Before takeoff, Etihad serves passengers tiny cups of Arabic coffee, flavored with rosewater and cardamom, along with sweet dates to chase the bitterness away. Bonus style points for the glossy brass pitcher—called a dallah—they use to pour refills.