To mark 80 years of flying to Australia, British Airways will serve up a new gin- and sherry-based ‘Antipodes’ cocktail in the air to its first class guests.
Designed by Australia’s own Tim Philips of Sydney’s Bulletin Place cocktail bar (below), the mix combines Tanqueray No. 10 and 20ml of Tio Pepe brand sherry with citrus flavours and chamomile to create a drink with 1930s British influence and Australian ingredients.
Judged as the winning concoction in a BA-run cocktail competition, the Antipodes cocktail will be served on BA’s daily Sydney-Singapore-London flights throughout July – that’s BA16 when London-bound and BA15 on the journey home.
“Gin has long been championed in British culture and has certainly been rising in popularity in Australia over recent years,” Philips said, adding that his creation “aims to bring together all these elements in a contemporary, simple, elegant and refreshing way.”
British Airways’ first passenger-carrying flight from London to Australia took wing on April 13 1935 under the name Imperial Airways – BA’s predecessor – and in conjunction with Qantas Empire Airways.
Taking a whole 12 days from start to finish, the journey took guests via a number of cities including Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi and Baghdad with a one-way ticket costing $376: a staggering $23,470 in today’s currency, and roughly twice the cost of a return first class trip today with just one stop via Singapore.
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