Cinco de Mayo is around the corner and Delta Air Lines just introduced a pair of canned cocktails to its onboard menu — so I figured now is a great time to review Delta’s new margarita-in-a-can!
My flight home from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles the other night provided an opportunity to try Tip Top Proper Cocktails’ margarita. The cocktail apparently made its world debut on Delta on April 14. (I also have a review of the Old Fashioned coming up in a couple of days.)
Interestingly, neither the Tip Top Old Fashioned nor the margarita was mentioned during the overhead announcements. Only beer, wine, soda, and water. So I wondered if they were even catered on my flights. (It’s almost like a speakeasy and you have to know it’s available.)
The pre-mixed drinks will be available for $12 in Main Cabin in June (remember that Delta Amex cardholders receive 20% back in statement credits for onboard beverage purchases). The cocktails are complimentary for passengers seated in First Class and Comfort+.
Delta Margarita in a Can Review
I enjoy “classic” margaritas: tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Preferably served on the rocks with some salt on the rim. (Hornitos Reposado is one of our favorite tequilas for homemade margaritas.)
The Delta margarita is pretty much that recipe (minus the salt on the rim — but there’s sort of a fix we’ll discuss in a minute).
The first sip was rather tart. I waited about a minute or so for some ice to melt. That did a nice job of cutting the taste. After that, it was a pretty smooth drink. (FWIW: the cocktail as served is 52 proof.)
The tequila was good. It was strong enough to not be outdone by the orange liqueur and lime juice but not overwhelming. I wouldn’t have minded just a light splash more tequila. But I tend to prefer strong drinks. I’m sure some passengers will think there’s too much tequila.
Nibbling on a snack like chips or Goldfish crackers adds a little salt to your palate. Taking a sip of the margarita right after chewing some crackers was a nice way to get some salty flavor to accompany the drink.
(Side note: I wonder if Tip Top will create something called the Boeing margarita or Airbus margarita — something aviation-themed to replace a Cadillac margarita 😉 )
This certainly isn’t the fresh, crisp taste of a margarita made from scratch. But for something canned, the Delta margarita didn’t disappoint. I plan to enjoy another one (or two) during future Delta flights.
Have you tried the Delta margarita yet?
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