Several Delta Air Lines-centric social media posts and messages boards posted what seems like a fun, new beverage trend on board Delta flights.
Being the good blogger I am, I fell on the sword and tried the cocktail so you could read all about it. (No need to thank me!)
Delta Espresso Martini — with Bourbon Cream!
Delta now offers Tip Top Proper Cocktails canned Espresso Martinis. This is the same company that produces the fantastic Old Fashioneds and margaritas. (It appears the margaritas are no longer available.)
I’m not a huge martini fan. Longtime readers of this space probably know that bourbon and red wine are my beverage vices.
But several weeks ago, I saw a post (maybe on Facebook or Reddit, I honestly don’t remember) from someone who ordered an espresso martini — and the passenger’s flight attendant recommended adding some Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream to it. (Yes, Delta now sells that onboard, too!)
The passenger tried the suggestion — and said it was amazing.
I gradually saw more people post about the espresso and bourbon cream concoction— and never once saw a bad review.
So, I took advantage of a recent Los Angeles (LAX) to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) flight to see if the fuss was merited.
How Is It?
Now, here’s the thing. This drink gets expensive if you’re seated in Delta’s Main Cabin. (Alcohol is complimentary in Delta One, First Class, Premium Select, and Comfort+.)
The Tip Top Espresso Martini is one alcoholic beverage and costs $12. The Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream is a separate drink — and costs $12. I sat in Main Cabin – so the treat came to $24. That’s pretty steep. Luckily, I actually received my Medallion drink tickets this year and redeemed two of them. (Keep in mind Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card give a 20% statement credit on eligible purchases made on board Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection flights. That’d save you almost $5 in this instance.)
I’m generally a believer in the Don’t-Mix-Dark-Liquors-with-Clear-Liquors philosophy. I was slightly apprehensive because the bourbon cream is made with, well, bourbon (a dark) and the espresso martini contained vodka (a clear). Given that I’d have one cocktail, though, I figured I’d be OK. Plus, I love Colorado Bulldogs (think White Russians with some cola).
It turns out one was plenty.
I first tried the espresso martini on the rocks. I mentioned earlier that I’m not a big martini guy. But this tasted fine.
The bourbon cream addition, though, made it a rather tasty beverage — and pretty smooth. My taste buds detected coffee (of course) and chocolate. There wasn’t a strong alcohol taste.
The espresso martini with bourbon cream is quite rich and very filling. The drink alone is practically a snack.
I had eaten a very light breakfast in the Sky Club a few hours earlier. So, the first few sips provided a nice, little buzzy feeling.
It’s very well suited for a dessert drink. In fact, the drink itself could probably be your dessert.
I ordered the fruit and cheese Flight Fuel snack. That did not pair well with the espresso martini-bourbon cream cocktail.
As I got toward the bottom of the cup, the ice and cream kind of blended together. And, wow, that was delicious! It was sort of like a spiked coffee milkshake.
But a few hours later, I felt kinda meh from all the sugar (and the fruit surely didn’t help).
I’m glad I tried the Tip Top Espresso Martini and Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream combination! (And thanks to the person who first posted about it!) It was good — but not necessarily my thing. Will I try it again sometime? Eh, maybe. But I’ll probably stick to my trusty Old Fashioneds and Woodford Reserve.
Have you tried the Tip Top Espresso Martini, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream — or both together? Please tell us in the below Comments section!
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Yikes! I need to try out that combo on my next flight. It really sounds good.
Tried the Expresso Martini alone–not good but the FA came along and put Baileys in it,,,making it sooo much better!
Some flights also now have WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye, and Jack Daniels Single Barrel (as well as regular JD)
I have been a Delta Platinum Skymiles member for several years. I hold the Delta Reserve card, and both Delta Platinum cards: personal and business.
It seems like Delta devalued the Reserve card now. A few months ago, I confirmed with Delta that holding the Delta Reserve card allows access to the Delta Sky Club on days that the cardholder is flying Delta, regardless of which Delta card was used to pay for the flight. Miles flights were also included. In fact, I purchased a ticket with my Delta Skymiles Platinum card, and was allowed entry by showing my Reserve card and flight info.
Today, I see the terminology has changed. Now one must have actually purchased the ticket with the Reserve card. There is no mention if tickets bought with Skymiles will also allow access or not.
I am very disappointed with Delta now.
I rarely purchase Delta flights with my Reserve card. You should be fine.
@Mari – To follow up on what Chris said, there is NO wording that says you must pay with your Reserve card to get in on Delta.com
My experience matches @rene and @chris’s statements.
I am on a business trip right now – used corp Visa card for Delta tickets, but gained access to SkyClub based on my Amex Reserve card.
Yeah, as long as a Reserve card is linked to someone’s Delta wallet, that should do the trick.
I have tried it and I love it but I love an espresso martini and anything with cream. :-).
Alaska has a much better option in First. Crater lakes espresso vodka and five farms Irish cream. Mix over ice. Perfect with their warm cookies!
I had one recently and added to creamers instead and it was delicious.
The last few Delta flights I’ve been on have had 0 Tip Top Cocktails available 🙁
On two recent Delta flights to Amsterdam, I was disappointed to find that there were no TipTop drinks available. Too bad, as I wanted to give them a taste.
The canned prosecco, tucked away in the bev cart bottom, were nice, though.