Studies show that flavours are likely to be affected in different ways in a noisy plane, and scientists argue that tomato juice is the best tasting beverage at 38,000 feet. Tomatoes, which are rich in umami – the so-called fifth taste along with sweet, sour, salty and bitter – should be relatively resistant to the white noise on an aircraft, which might explain why so many travellers order tomato juice or Bloody Marys in flight.
Luís Mendes, Bar Manager at the Ritz Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, took these scientific findings into consideration when putting together his re-energising “Jet Fuel” mocktail, Cloud9. Packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins, calcium, potassium and magnesium, and finalised with a few drops of Tabasco – as the hot sauce tickles nerve endings in the nose to enhance the smell and tastebuds – the Cloud9 is the perfect ally to help travellers fight jet lag.
“So, after the seatbelt sign has been turned off, and the Four Seasons Jet air attendant asks if you fancy a drink, ask for a Cloud9, sit back and enjoy your flight” says Mendes.
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Cloud9 Cocktail from Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
- 5 cl of cucumber and celery juice
- 2 cl of orange juice
- 2 cl of tomato juice
- 4 cl of carrot juice
- 4 drops of Tabasco
- Crushed ice
Equipment: 2 cocktail shakers, 1 strainer
Vigorously shake fresh cucumber, celery and orange juices in a cocktail shaker, then pour into a tall glass filled with crushed ice.
In another cocktail shaker, mix the tomato and carrot juices together, and finalise with the 4 drops of Tabasco. Use a strainer and gently pour the mixture into the glass.
Garnish with a razor-thin slice of cucumber, celery and a cherry tomato on a toothpick.
Serving suggestion: Serve the Cloud 9 with walnuts; walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that helps make serotonin and melatonin, the “body clock” hormone that sets sleep-wake cycles. Additionally, University of Texas researchers found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin, which may help one fall asleep faster.