Cathay Pacific is known for its excellent in-flight service, but that might just be because they love getting passengers liquored up during the journey. “The Cloud Nine” is one of their best signature cocktails, and the combination of Cointreau, Sprite, and vodka will make those long-haul flights just fly by.

Cocktail lovers onboard Cathay Pacific flights have the choice of four libations – two alcoholics, two non-alcoholic. The Cathay Delight, Pacific Sunrise, Oriental Breeze and Cloud Nine are rotated on a monthly basis and are the products of competitions held by the airline and the Hong Kong Bartenders’ Association.

Cloud Nine Cocktail

1 1/2 shot Absolute vodka
Dash of Cointreau
Juice of half a lemon
Dash of sugar syrup
A handful of mint leaves
Lemonade, to top up (Bedana uses 7-Up)

Coat the rim of a glass with sugar. In a shaker, muddle the mint leaves and squeeze in the lemon juice. Add the liquor and syrup and shake briskly over ice for a few seconds. Pour into the glass and top up with lemonade. Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lemon.

This is a small variation…

40 ml Cointreau
40 ml of Vodka
7-up or Sprite
Mint leaves

Put the ice-cubes in a long drink glass. Pour the Cointreau and the Vodka over the ice-cubes. Fill the glass with the 7-up to your own taste and stir the mix. Decorate the cocktail with a piece of mint leaves.

Your cocktail is finished, Enjoy!

Cloud Nine Cocktail