The Condorpolitan: Condor’s Fun New Signature Cocktail

The Condorpolitan: Condor’s Fun New Signature Cocktail

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We’re increasingly seeing a trend whereby airlines are introducing signature drinks, or drinks designed specifically to be enjoyed inflight. This can range from a special coffee blend, to a special beer, to a special cocktail. Along those lines, German leisure airline Condor has just introduced a cute new signature cocktail, which I look forward to trying on my next flight with the airline.

Condor unveils its take on the Cosmopolitan

Condor has a new signature cocktail, and it’s very cute. It’s called the Condorpolitan, and it’s the carrier’s take on the classic cosmopolitan. The drink is made with vodka, sweet lychee, lime zest, tart cranberry, and “a touch of magic and elegance” (lol?).

Condor’s signature cocktail

The drink is served in a 0.1L bottled, and has 25.6% alcohol by volume. What’s probably most adorable about this is how it’s served — it comes in a striped tube, matching Condor’s super fun livery, which has to be one of my favorite in the world. This drink is available on all flights (both short haul and long haul) and costs €7.99.

Condor’s livery rocks, don’t @ me

The surprising detail of Condor’s new cocktail

Okay, here’s the thing that I find ridiculously cheap. When I first heard about the signature cocktail, I figured this was something that was being served in business class, and wondered if it was even sold in economy. Not only is the drink sold in economy, but it’s even sold in business class.

As you’ll see in the buy on board catalogue, there’s an asterisk next to the drink, and when you see what that references, you’ll see that it’s “not included in Business Class.”

Wait, seriously? So if you book a long haul business class ticket for thousands of dollars, you’ll be asked to pay €7.99 for this drink? That seems like something that Condor should update, as a signature drink like this has such a great halo effect for the rest of the experience. It’s one thing to not include it in short haul business class, but not even in long haul business class?!

Expect to open your wallet, even in business class

For that matter, it would be nice to actually see the cocktail served in a proper martini glass, as shown in marketing, since presumably in economy it’s just served in a plastic cup.

The cocktail isn’t included in business class!

Bottom line

Germany’s Condor has just released a new cocktail, which looks fun. It’s Condor’s version of the cosmopolitan, and it’s available for purchase on all flights for €7.99. Yes, you’ve even gotta pay in business class!

What do you make of Condor’s new cocktail?

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  1. Jones Guest

    I don't get it - if the drink costs €7.99 and comes in 0.1 liter tubes, how does that equate to €71.14 per liter?

  2. iamhere Guest

    Interesting how you promote this drink and it is in a bottle - premade. In many other posts you value the drinks that are not completely pre-made especially creative non alcoholic options, but you seem to really promote this drink...

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ iamhere -- It's a signature drink for sale in economy on a leisure airline, so I think that comes with managing expectations. I'm not expecting it to be made at the Emirates A380 onboard bar.

  3. Endre Guest

    Looks like the AirAsia signature cocktail they are serving for their red carpet passengers at the lounge

  4. JamesW Guest

    They're never going to be taken seriously as an airline with that ridiculous livery. Even Spirit has more sense than to do this hideous "beach umbrella" thing.

    1. The nice Paul Guest

      Intriguing. As Lucky often writes, business class is all about the seat. Compare Condor's seat to Lufthansa's: I know which airline I'd take more seriously. Lufthansa never gets my business (nor does Emirates: the A380 isn't bad, but those seats in the 777...).

      It seems strange to choose an airline based on the fuselage paint colours, rather than the seat. (Assuming it flies where you want and when you want, of course.)

    2. Udo Member

      Couldn’t agree more, just flew on them from YYZ to FRA, and honestly I love their prime seats, soft product, fabulous flight attendants on both flights. Their ground game is nothing short of catastrophic, but once you are on board, it’s great. Way ahead of LH, BA and co.

  5. Pierre Guest

    CdG- HEL in Finnair's "Business Class" which really is the 2 first rows of the Economy cabin.
    I have paid 3800 euros for CDG-HEL-JFK in J and am seated 29" ahead of passengers who have paid 450 euros in Y on the same itinerary (They are the smart ones). J amenities on this first sector are the free choice of 1 food item on the otherwise pay-menu, one drink (vodka miniature) and coffee.

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    CdG- HEL in Finnair's "Business Class" which really is the 2 first rows of the Economy cabin.
    I have paid 3800 euros for CDG-HEL-JFK in J and am seated 29" ahead of passengers who have paid 450 euros in Y on the same itinerary (They are the smart ones). J amenities on this first sector are the free choice of 1 food item on the otherwise pay-menu, one drink (vodka miniature) and coffee.

    I ask for one piece of their blue chocolate caramel wrapped candies.The FA brings me 4 "because they are sold by 4, and the price is 2.50 euros".

    I explain that I want only 1 and am in Business Class. "No difference" , she says, "2.50 please". I would have returned it but I had semi-unwrapped one, so no good.

    I only paid because I had a tight connection and didn't want to be dragged off he plane like the doctor on United

    They got their 2.50 but I dined on the story or a full winter and never flew them again. 4 RT per year at 3,800 euros is 15,200

    There's always someone cheaper than you can imagine.

    1. CPH-Flyer Gold

      Finnair business class catering is not selecting 1 item from a buy on board menu. With exception of some of the shorter flights in the Nordic region, there is a hot meal in business class.

      It is true that they run the Euro-business style cabin, with same seats as economy, just with a blocked middle seat. But otherwise your described experience is not the short haul business class concept of Finnair.

  6. Biglaw V10 Partner Guest

    The problem with fancy cocktails is it's really hard to beat a Jack and Coke. It's not because a Jack and Coke is so delicious or sophisticated. But when you drink Jack and Coke you are transported psychologically to fond memories of your past when you were drinking Jack and Coke.

    1. AD Diamond

      No @Biglaw... YOU are transported to happy memories from your past. Others would prefer something else.

  7. Condorable Guest

    Condor even has/sells its own beer.

  8. Jake Guest

    Your really hitting the bottom of the well with this article.

    1. Pierre Guest

      How far airlines will go to be the cheapest of them all is mind boggling

  9. JoePro Guest

    Lame. Are other drinks included in the flight? Haven't done my research, but did splurge on the bulkhead business sear for a SFO-FRA late this month.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ JoePro -- Yeah, in long haul business class all drinks are included. Well, except this one, I guess.

  10. Tom Guest

    Ah Germany…, where the definition of ‘elegance and luxury’ is whatever was cool everywhere else 30 years ago :)

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ JoePro -- Yeah, in long haul business class all drinks are included. Well, except this one, I guess.

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AD Diamond

No @Biglaw... YOU are transported to happy memories from your past. Others would prefer something else.

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CPH-Flyer Gold

Finnair business class catering is not selecting 1 item from a buy on board menu. With exception of some of the shorter flights in the Nordic region, there is a hot meal in business class. It is true that they run the Euro-business style cabin, with same seats as economy, just with a blocked middle seat. But otherwise your described experience is not the short haul business class concept of Finnair.

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