The Carry On Cocktail Kit

Sometimes you stumble upon a product that reads 'brilliant' the moment you lay eyes on it. Such is the case of the Carry On Cocktail Kit. As someone who travels a lot, I'm a fan, a big fan. 

Eric Prum and Josh Williams from W & P Design (the Mason Shaker boys) collaborated with the folks over at Punch to help all of us have better drink options high in the sky. And when you think about it, what took so long? As airlines stay way behind the curve, it's creators like Josh, Eric and the guys at Punch who help shake things up and fill a void. It's refreshing to say the least. 

The Carry on Cocktail Kit includes six items to help you craft two old fashioned cocktails at 30,000 feet. Just order a mini bourbon, then use the bar spoon and muddler to mix in the sugar and bitters. Next, relax. Watch a movie or the clouds pass on by. Or just close your eyes and smile...cuz flying just got a whole lot better. 

Eric emailed me yesterday to let me know they're crafting new carry on recipes as we speak. With four flights coming up in my near future, this is very good news. I'd like to place an order for a Bufala Negra please...

 

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Bufala Negra

Hands down, my favorite cocktail is the Bufala Negra, created by H. Harper Station owner and mixologist, Jerry Slater. Jerry concocted the drink for a James Beard House event that he and Chef Todd Richards cooked for back in 2007. Buffalo Trace was one of their sponsors so Jerry found inspiration in their bourbon...   

Wanting to try an Italian take on the southern classic, mint julep, Jerry added balsamic syrup and basil. Jerry, "In Italy, balsamic and basil go together like peanut butter and jelly." Ginger beer is added last to lighten it up and make it refreshing. Jerry, "It seems out there at first but it's rooted in classic cocktails and traditional kitchen pairings." 

What's been fun is seeing this cocktail gain popularity throughout the US and across the Atlantic. It's been featured in the NY Times and seen on menus in New York, Colorado and England to name a few. It's just one of those tasty, complex drinks that surprises you- it's hard not to sip and say, 'wow, that's good.' Then you order another. Lucky for us, Jerry has shared the recipe too, but as his original is made from housemade ginger beer and balsamic syrup, you may just want to try this one in person. 

Find the Bufala Negra recipe, here.

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach