For a period of time, and perhaps even still to a dedicated few, a cocktail known as the Sky Breeze reigned supreme in the rarefied atmosphere of Delta Airlines flights. This was not your average in-flight drink; the Sky Breeze was an esoteric libation with its own dedicated following, a cocktail cult, if you will.
While the Sky Breeze is based on a terrestrial cocktail, something about sipping it at 30,000 feet made it extraordinary. A blend of Sky Vodka, Mott’s Cranberry Apple Juice, and a can of Fresca, it was a deceptively simple mix that delivered a sweet, fruity, and refreshing drink – a perfect companion for the long haul.
Crafting this cocktail started with a miniature, single-serving bottle of Sky Vodka, providing a solid 1.5 oz base. Next, a generous splash of Mott’s Cranberry Apple Juice added a vibrant, fruity layer. But the magic ingredient was Fresca. Filling the remainder of the cup, Fresca lent its signature citrusy sweetness, bubbling effervescence, and a zest that lifted the cocktail to new heights. A wedge of lime garnish gave it that final tangy zing, a nod to classic cocktail styling.
Sadly, as with many in-flight luxuries, the Sky Breeze’s tenure in the sky ended when Delta stopped advertising it and eventually ceased stocking Fresca altogether. But, its legend lives on in the memories of those who had the pleasure of savoring it.
Recreating the Sky Breeze at home stirs up a wave of nostalgia for me. Each sip, a throwback to the sensations of those memorable flights. Beyond its delightful taste, the Sky Breeze is a great conversation starter, making it a welcome addition to backyard parties or intimate gatherings.
Enjoy the Sky Breeze, and let it transport you back to those adventurous flights, high above the clouds.
Delta Sky Breeze
- 1.5 oz Vodka Sky
- 2 oz Cranberry Apple Juice Mott’s
- Lime wedge to garnish
- Fill a rocks glass with ice
- Add vodka and juice
- Fill with Fresca
- Stir gently to combine
- Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately