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SFO Opens Airline Cocktail Exhibition

Travel News — By christinegarvin on February 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

We’re pretty much always ready for cocktail hour. Which is why we’re more than psyched that during our next layover at San Francisco International, we get to check out an exhibit in Terminal 1 that looks at the history of the in-flight cocktail.

On display are airplane bottles with great ’70s font, alongside glassware, coasters, swizzle sticks, drink menus, and cocktail napkins from yesteryear.

One of our favorite items is a set of KLM glasses shaped like Dutch houses. They’re filled to the brim with Bols Jenever gin and were used for serving first-class passengers in the 1980s.

Image: SFO Museum

1930s Wine glasses on Pan Am were also pretty darn impressive. Apparently, the end of prohibition meant Pan American Airlines was sure to have a champagne bucket at the ready.

The only thing missing was a mention of the Aviation Cocktail. Its obscure ingredients, including crème de violette and maraschino liqueur, make it one of our personal favorites. Airlines began serving it in 1916, and it sounds as if it would make you fly pretty high.

For now, we’ll just enjoy some of Virgin Airlines free in-flight cocktails (at least when we’re in the UK) and hope to fly through SFO soon.

Tags: exhibits, in-flight cocktails, klm, SFO, Virgin Airlines

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