Sip and soar as Air New Zealand launches seasonal cocktails

A refreshing new cocktail will be hitting tray tables as Air New Zealand launches the first of its signature drinks onboard its international network.
28 July 2023

In partnership with renowned New Zealand drinks creator East Imperial, the new drinks will feature in Business Premier cabins on Air New Zealand's New York and Chicago routes. It will be available onboard from late August through to October. 

Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the seasonal cocktails will add a splash of excitement to cocktail hour and the airline's inflight experience. 

"Our customers have been raising a toast to our exceptional wine selection, but they've also shared their craving for a delightful cocktail now and then. So, we've shaken things up and partnered with East Imperial mixologists to craft us some drinks exclusively for our Business Premier customers. 

"We couldn't be prouder to collaborate with East Imperial. Their top-notch products are made right here in New Zealand, with the finest, sustainably sourced, all-natural ingredients." 

The seasonal drinks are a nod to local ingredients with a dash of creativity and providing a taste of New Zealand's finest flavours at 30,000 feet. The first drinks are gin-based cocktails but can also be served as an alcohol-free option. 

The airline will be seeking feedback from customers on the new cocktails and looking to introduce other signature cocktails on a seasonal rotation.

Tasting notes of Air New Zealand's first seasonal cocktail

Get ready to embark on a flavourful journey with Air New Zealand's signature cocktail, a harmonious blend that grounds you with every sip. Floral and oily notes pave the way for a burst of sherbetty citrus and rich ruby red grapefruit, while the finish delights with dry, herbaceous accents, heightened by luxurious grapefruit oil and the velvety texture of juniper. Experience a cocktail that's rich, textural, and nothing short of luxurious.


Images of Air New Zealand's new cocktail can be found here.



Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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About Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's story started in 1940, first taking to the skies between Auckland and Sydney on a flying boat - a Short S30. Known for its warm Kiwi hospitality, today, the airline has 104 operating aircraft ranging from Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A320s to ATRs and Q300s, offering customers comfort in the latest most efficient jets and turboprops. It's a modern fuel-efficient fleet with an average age of 7.3 years. Air New Zealand's global network of passenger and cargo services centres around New Zealand. Pre-Covid, the airline flew more than 17 million passengers every year, with 3,400 flights per week. Air New Zealand was recently named the World's Safest Airline by the Australian rating service, highlighting the airline's laser-focus on safety. Last year, Air New Zealand won Best Corporate Reputation in New Zealand – 8th year in a row.

Air New Zealand has a well-connected domestic business, connecting customers and cargo to 20 different regions around New Zealand. Internationally, the airline has direct flights to major cities across Australia, Asia, the Pacific Islands and the US, and through its strong relationships with alliance partners, offers customers more choice and convenience to connect further afield to hundreds of destinations. Air New Zealand has a particular focus on sustainability and its Sustainability Framework  helps guide the airline's efforts in tackling some of New Zealand's and the world's most complex challenges. Air New Zealand aircraft are proudly identified by its distinct tail livery of the Mangōpare, the Māori symbol of the hammerhead shark which represents strength, tenacity, and resilience.


About Star Alliance

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.