In-Flight Cocktail of the Month: Virgin Atlantic's "'New' New York Sour"
As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.
Last summer, we dubbed Virgin Atlantic's Virgin Redhead the In-Flight Cocktail of the Month for June 2010. This summer, it's about time to highlight another Virgin drink, especially since their airport lounges feature an impressive signature cocktail selection.
Therefore, for July 2011, we're in love with the "New" New York Sour, a traditional whiskey sour with a surprise: a float of claret. Served up at Virgin Atlantic clubhouseswe downed this one in the New York-JFK Airport loungeand possibly on flights in Upper Class (ask nicely), the "New" New York Sour is served in a chilled glass with a nice foam. When ours arrived, both tables on either side of us asked after it and ended up ordering their own; it's a conversation-starter!
The menu's official explanation of the drink:
The 'New' New York Sour is basically a twist on the classic American cocktail 'The New York Sour.' One notable innovation of the 19th century was to cap a Whiskey Sour with a float of claret. This sublime marriage of texture and flavour perfectly suirs the citrus and vanilla notes of Dewar's Whiskeythe base of this drink.