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Virgin America Adds Absinthe to In-Flight Beverage Services

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While other airlines are cutting back on in-flight services, last Friday, Virgin America added a new alcohol to its menu. Absinthe, the once illegal "hallucinogenic" spirit, is now available on all flights. The strong green liquor can be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed into the Mile-High Cocktail, a "tormenting and satisfying blend of Le Tourment Vert Absinthe, sprite, and lemons shaken and served over ice." Porter Gale, the vice president of marketing at Virgin, is very excited about the partnership. He said:

We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Le Tourment Vert to become the first airline to offer guests absinthe in-flight. Virgin America is reinventing the typical flight experience with beautiful design, touch-screen entertainment, and an innovative food and cocktail menu – and the addition of Le Tourment Vert absinthe is sure to be a hit with our discriminating guests.

For those sitting first class or main cabin select, the absinthe cocktails are complimentary; in the main cabin, Le Tourment Vert is available for purchase. Although I'm not boarding Virgin America anytime soon, I normally enjoy a cocktail when traveling. It's nice to know that absinthe is an option. How do you feel about the news?


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
Hmm, I thought we were trying to make people better behaved on flights?
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Oh hell yes.
norabora norabora 8 years
is it a good idea for people to be hallucinating in-flight? ha ha ha.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
this doesn't seem like it will turn out well! i've only had it once--but i def. need to try it again soon.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I flew Virgin over the weekend and didn't see anyone order one of these, but I was definitely tempted -- maybe next time.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
Still have a fifth of this stuff at home- I was sssooooo excited to find it out of state but it's gross. Strong but gross.
kajivar kajivar 8 years
Mmm, absinthe!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Yikes. Not like the flights to Vegas weren't bad enough.
syako syako 8 years
I'm flying Virgin next month to London, probably not going to try this though. ;)
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
jhig jhig 8 years
I love Virgin! My favorite airline when flying to London, but why? Why offer that awful, vile drink?
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