Posted November 24, 2008 by Jaklien van Melick
Of all the airlines I have ever flown with, Virgin Atlantic must be the coolest one in the sky. Stepping onboard one of their sleek planes is like walking into a trendy London nightclub. The interior has an ultra-modern design enhanced by phased mood lighting. The good-looking flight attendants in their John Rocha designer uniforms wouldn’t seem out of place at a fashion shoot. Heck, there is even a fully stocked bar. I think you get the picture; Virgin Atlantic oozes coolness.
So it comes as no surprise that the most stylish of spies, 007 himself, has chosen Virgin as his favourite airline. For the second time, Richard Branson’s slick and smooth carrier is featured in a James Bond movie. After Casino Royale, the MI6 spy played by Daniel Craig flies on a VA plane in Quantum of Solace. The airplane scene features James enjoying a few too many Vesper cocktails in the Upper Class bar en route to Bolivia. Bond is of course going to South America to chase some bad guys who are trying to overthrow the Bolivian government.
The cocktail, which is named after the woman who betrayed him in the previous film, can be sampled till the end of November in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses at Heathrow, Gatwick, New York (JFK), Washington, D.C. (Dulles), San Francisco and Hong Kong airports. If it's cool enough for Bond, it's cool enough for us, so if you'd like to try the drink without paying a fortune for a business-class seat, here's the recipe:
- 60ml Bombay Sapphire
- 20ml Grey Goose
- 10ml Lillet Blanc
- Twist of lemon peel for garnish
- Stir and serve
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