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Welcome to Cloud 9
Scroll down to uncover the secrets of all our fabulous drinks – from Clubhouse cocktails and mocktails, to the carefully selected onboard wine list.
How to make the perfect cocktail
Join our bartender Aaron at our Cloud 9 cocktail bar, where he’ll be sharing how he shakes a bit of Virgin magic into three delicious cocktails. We’re very proud of our Clubhouse and onboard cocktail selection, curated with some of the finest spirits and the world’s best bartenders.
Cocktails in the Clouds
Virgin Atlantic, along with Aviation Gin, partnered with London Cocktail Week in October 2018. To celebrate, we created a world first. Bartenders from the world’s best bars flew on 14 flights and created cocktails to serve to more than 3,500 people onboard. Plus we hosted a fabulous pop up bar at the event itself.
If you don’t drink, or prefer not to, you can still enjoy a beautifully crafted cocktail – or even a delicious spirit. Seedlip - the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits – have come along and changed the game. With a delicate mix of botanical flavours and aromas, Seedlip delivers – at long last – something that is every bit as enjoyable as the most sophisticated alcoholic cocktail. And it’s just the thing to set you up for your flight.
Love making cocktails and want to know more?
Why not read our exclusive cocktail magazines, which are available to pick up in our Clubhouses too
Our new superstar partnership
Introducing Aviation Gin
Virgin Atlantic is the exclusive UK airline partner of Aviation Gin, owned by Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds. We're thrilled to be serving this fantastic drink in our Clubhouses and onboard, and to take this pioneering spirit to new heights. It was our spirit of choice at London Cocktail Week, and used for creating the fantastic cocktails in our mixology film. Check out the announcement of our partnership below, starring Sir Richard Branson and, ahem, 'Brian' Reynolds.
Wine and please
Berry Bros. & Rudd Ltd established in the 17th century is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant. It’s supplied the royal family since the reign of King George III, and has partnered with Virgin Atlantic since 2005. Out of 380 Masters of Wine worldwide, 6 are currently working for Berry Bros. & Rudd – so they really do know their stuff.
Under the guidance of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Wine Director Mark Pardoe, Master of Wine, Virgin Atlantic curate the onboard wines each season to match a diverse range of cuisines and personal tastes. We also provide crew educational days led by a Master of Wine, so customers know our crew will always be knowledgeable about our wine selection.
Want to know more? We offer short films on our inflight entertainment detailing the selection process and the Upper Class wines onboard your flight.
Insider tips from our crew
Water, water, water
'I drink a litre bottle of water to ensure I’m hydrated before I fly'
'I drink coconut water for internal cleansing'
Take it easy
'I limit my alcohol consumption when downroute'
What's coming next?
The joy of food
We'll be talking to Donal Skehan about his revamp of our onboard menu, and Eric Lanlard will be letting us in on the secrets of perfect patisserie. Yum.