The Centurion PHL Challenge: 8 specialty crafted cocktails

in centurion •  2 years ago  (edited)

The Centurion Lounge — available to certain American Express credit card members (and their guests) — is widely considered the nicest airport lounge program in the United States of America. Today, I completed the Centurion PHL Challenge and consumed all 8 of the locally-inspired cocktails available at Philadelphia International Airport. Credit for the cocktails goes to their creator, mixologist Jim Meehan.

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My favorite cocktails were, in no particular order, the Pennsylvania Dutch, Green Hornet, and Schuylkill Express. Now read on, and learn the secret of how to mix drinks. The 8 specialty cocktails at the Centurion Lounge PHL are listed below. Menu descriptions are in block quotes and all photos are originals showcasing the lounge periphery.

Alla Moda

Ciroc Vodka · Cocchi Rosa Aperitivo · lime juice · Cointreau

This fashionable- or "alla moda" as they say in Italian- Cosmopolitan variations gains its rosy hue from bittersweet Cocchi Rosa Aperitivo instead of the tart cranberry juice used in the original.

Alla Moda, Centurion Lounge PHL

Liberty Bell Ringer

Botanist Gin · lemon juice · Bitter Truth Apricot Brandy · simple syrup · Peychaud's Bitters

Early 20th century bartender Jim Maloney came up with the moniker "bell-ringer" for drinks mixed with apricot brandy, which adds a refreshing ring to our modern gin sour.

Liberty Bell Ringer, Centurion Lounge PHL

Philadelphia Flyer

Laird's Apple Brandy · lime juice · maple syrup · Gruet Brut Sparkling Wine

This high-flying twist on the classic Airmail cocktail substitutes apple brandy for rum and maple syrup for honey in this decadent fizz remixed with northeastern ingredients.

Philadelphia Flyer, Centurion Lounge PHL


Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum · grapefruit juice · lime juice · Hamilton's Pimento Dram · simple syrup · Angostura Bitters

Whether you're on your way to the Caribbean or finishing up a presentation for a business trip, this tropical cooler will have you on island time before your flight boards.

Getaway, Centurion Lounge PHL

Green Hornet

GT's Gingerade Kombucha · Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila · Ancho Reyes Verde Poblano Liqueur

The sour kombucha balances the sweet sting of the spicy poblano liqueur, creating a harmonious highball that serves double duty as a mouth-watering aperitif.

Green Hornet, Centurion Lounge PHL

Schuylkill Express

Lot 40 Rye Whisky · Martini Sweet Vermouth · Art in the Age Root Spirit

This Manhattan variation spiked with a local liqueur is your highway to heaven; or back to Philadelphia for the locals.

Schuylkill Express, Centurion Lounge PHL

Pennsylvania Dutch

Bols Genever · Half and Half · Cointreau · simple syrup · egg

Malty Dutch genever — gin's older sibling — is the base of this rich, orange accented flip that's as historic as a horse and buggy ride through Amish country.

Pennsylvania Dutch, Centurion Lounge PHL

Blue Door

Johnny Walker Black Scotch Whisky · Myer's Dark Rum · Benedictine lemon juice

Our lounge's signature cocktail balances earthy Scotch whisky with fruity, dark rum and a hint of star anise from the Provencal pastis.

Blue Door, Centurion Lounge PHL

I'm sure that my primary care physician will not be happy with this level of alcohol consumption. However, I wanted to share these amazing cocktails with the Steem community. So if you enjoyed this post, please upvote on behalf of my health. And make sure to comment if you try these cocktails at home to let us know what you think.

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That's a seriously impressive array of cocktails! How many of them did you get all the way through?

All! That's the challenge.

Woa, that must have led to one hell of an interesting flight!

Hah! This was on my return to Philly, so I just went home afterwards. My flight actually arrived at 8:34 AM, but the cocktails are only served from 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Therefore I napped for an hour at the nearby Minute Suites, complements of Priority Pass Select, complements of the Amex Platinum.

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