Sure, you could spend $25 on a carry-on cocktail kit … and still have to buy the booze on the plane. Or, you could totally DIY that task. All you need is to free up a little space in your carry-on bag for a few key ingredients. We teamed up with Delmonico Steakhouse beverage manager, mixologist and frequent flyer Max Solano for an On-the-Fly Old Fashioned.
You’ll need: one or two 50-milliliter bottles of whiskey (bring or purchase on the plane), one sugar packet, one 20-milliliter bottle of bitters (find The Bitter Truth or Scrappy’s on Amazon.com), a little soda water, one stirrer and two cups or glasses, one empty, one with ice.
Add the sugar to the empty cup. Add three to four dashes of bitters and ½ ounce water; mix well with the stirrer. Add the booze and fill with ice. Give it a quick stir, and pat yourself on the back.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, you could also carry on a swath of orange rind to zest over the top the drink and drop it in, or—if you’re from the fruited Old-Fashioned camp—a few Marasca cherries and a slice of orange to muddle before adding the booze and ice.
Find 10 more easy carry-on cocktail recipes here.