Delta to offer in-flight espresso martinis in 2023

Frequent travelers who get it, get it. And Delta Air Lines gets it.

The Atlanta-based airline has launched a revamped food and beverage program for 2023, and dining aboard Delta will look a lot more like a trendy restaurant in the sky.

On the menu: plant-based cheesesteak, seasonally inspired entrees (think Gramercy TavernSignature kielbasa with crushed fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and Dijon mustard, served with a yellow beet salad marinated in ricotta-walnut pesto), a signature Delta One dessert, plus a full bar serving premium rosé and stirring espresso martinis. Because what better way to combat jet lag than with a cold caffeinated cocktail?

“Your food or beverage on board should be no different than your favorite restaurant back home, and that’s why we’re constantly reinventing our inflight service at Delta – we always want to surprise and delight our customers with fresh, seasonal menu options.” Kristen Manion Taylor, Delta’s senior vice president of inflight service, in a press release. “From delicious Spanish tapas dishes to refreshing rosés, there is something new for everyone to enjoy.”

The dissemination of the new menu on board Delta
DeltaThe dissemination of the new menu on board Delta

Delta’s new inflight menus will offer a variety of vegetarian options in partnership with Impossible Foods, plus partnerships with James Beard Award-winning chefs and elevated wine offerings with Imagery Estate Winery, led by award-winning winemaker Jamie Benziger.

For a sweet ending, the dessert cart will be available exclusively on Delta One international flights. The cart pushed down the aisle will offer treats like opera cake with chocolate ganache; a plate of fruit and cheese with cowgirl dairy wagon wheel, Midnight Moon gouda and grapes; and a vanilla ice cream sundae with a choice of toppings including whipped cream, cookie crumble, fruit compote, and chocolate chips.

Starting in March, the espresso martini and an Old Fashioned will be from Tip Top, a canned craft cocktail company, on select domestic and international flights.

Craving for an espresso martini during the flight before? Hack the recipe on any airline. While it’s illegal to open and consume your own alcohol on the plane, it’s totally fine to bring your own espresso (or a packet of instant espresso). Order a bottle of vodka, plus a cup of ice, stir with a packet of sugar, and strain, if desired, into an empty mug. Health!

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