The real reason why a Bloody Mary tastes so good on board

Some drinks look better and taste better when sipped on air. Gingerbread seems to be very popular with passengers, but nothing beats a Bloody Mary on the plane – almost a ritual. cocktail Or order a mocktail for several a.s Frequent flyer.

And on the salty ground, hot Umami-rich mixed drinks are mostly carried over to breakfast and lunch. At high altitudes, a Bloody Mary often seems like the right move, no matter what time of day it is. So is that just One of those things Or is there an explanation for why Bloody Marys (and other drinks) taste so good airplane?

As CNET’s resident food and beverage officer, I’m always looking for the what, why and how of the best stuff Snack And sip on me. That’s everything from hacking your meal kit subscription to cooking perfect no-mess bacon and pinning a drink order, even at 35,000 feet.

I asked Darren Pott, Global Vice President of Food and Beverage at Emirates Airlines, about the huge popularity of certain drinks on board. Emirates is consistently ranked among the best airlines for in-flight food and drink, so it’s no surprise that the brand’s best culinary mind explains how taste buds work differently on board.

Turns out, there’s some science behind Bloody Mary’s cravings. While you might think that a change in stress causes our altered ranking motivations, Bot explains why that’s not really the case. What’s more, Bloody Marys has been shown to be a better choice than other mixed drinks if you’re trying to avoid it drying during the flight.

Here’s more about how our tastes change on a plane, and why a Bloody Mary is the perfect on-board arrangement.

Bloody Mary UAE

When flying, there is just something about Mary.


In what ways does flying change the way we perceive taste?
: Being at altitude changes the way we experience certain tastes and flavours. While the pressure drop in the cabin is often thought to be the main cause of the changes, it is being in a temperature- and humidity-controlled confined space that most influences taste perception.

Our nasal and oral cavities tend to dry out when we travel by plane with low humidity levels, weakening some of the flavors and aromas of some foods and beverages, while sharpening others. Because of this, the daring Bloody Mary is becoming increasingly popular on board.


It turns out that some drinks have a different effect on the plane.


What exactly is it about the Bloody Mary?
One of the primary drivers behind the love of tomato-based cocktails on board lies in the high acidity of tomatoes, which has the benefit of stimulating saliva, ensuring that the mouth is well moisturized. As a bonus, the low sugar content helps passengers stay (relatively) hydrated throughout the flight.

Do these factors affect drinks with more subtle profiles such as wine and whiskey?
Some aromas and flavors will be difficult to detect due to the effect of low humidity on our senses. For a drink such as whiskey, the environment of the cabin can affect a person’s ability to detect fruit, heightening the perception of oak and drawing out flavors that might not be prominent at other times. Low humidity levels on an airplane can exacerbate the volatile aroma of some wines, causing certain flavors to be more pronounced than normal on board.

A glass of wine on board

Our perception of the taste profiles of wine and whiskey is also altered thanks to the control of temperature and humidity.

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What is the most surprising drink passengers order?
We’ve noticed an increase in the popularity of make-your-own cocktails or orders based on trend. Make-your-own cocktails give our on-board crew the opportunity to show their training and prepare a perfectly balanced drink, such as the breakfast martini (gin, marmalade, Cointreau and fresh orange juice), especially in the in-flight lounge on one of our A380s.

So what’s your air travel drink order?
I like to stay well hydrated while flying, so I drink a lot of waterBut if you’re flying with Emirates, I might try one of our many flights wine Or a glass of champagne or sparkling wine to settle in for the flight.

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